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Pygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)
Blue-banded Angelfish; Chaetodon diacanthus Boddaert, 1772; Royal Angelfish

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Species Pygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)


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Species Pygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)

Regal Angelfish , Blue-banded Angelfish


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Rowley Shoals (17°20'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and Raine Island, QLD (11°36'S) to Sydney, NSW (33°53'S), also Ashmore Reef (10°09'S) and Osprey Reef (13°54'S), Coral Sea and Christmas Island; tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Christmas Island Province (23), Northwest Transition (3), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, marine.

Extra Ecological Information

1-48 m.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia . Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [156]

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & Allen, M. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes . Cairns : Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research 250 pp. figs. [93]

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island . Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. [144]

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers . Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [100]

Kuiter, R.H., Debelius, H. & Tanaka, H. 2003. Pomacanthidae, a Comprehensive Guide to Angelfishes . Melbourne : Zoonetics 206 pp. [134]

Pyle, R. 2001. Chaetodontidae, Pomacanthidae. pp. 3224-3286 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes . Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [3286]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea . Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [246]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea . Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [246]

Steene, R.C. 1978. Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World. Australia . Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed Vol. 1 144 pp. 216 figs.

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89 (1): 11-127 [47] (1357)


Common Name References

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes . Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. [367] (Blue-banded Angelfish)

Pyle, R. 2001. Chaetodontidae, Pomacanthidae. pp. 3224-3286 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes . Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [3286] (FAO) ( Regal Angelfish )

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. http://www.fishnames.com.au/. ( Regal Angelfish )


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
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30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Pomacanthidae  
 Genus Pygoplites  
  Pygoplites diacanthus    (Boddaert, 1772) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Chaetodon diacanthus Holacanthus diacanthus   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body moderately elongate, and strongly compressed. Preorbital bone convex and without strong spines. 1 prominent spines at angle of preopercle. Ventral edge of interopercle smooth. Eye moderately small. Mouth small, terminal, protractile, gape not extending to anterior rim or orbit. Dorsal fin with XIV spines and 17 or 18 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 17-18 soft rays; caudal fin rounded. Body with alternating dark-edged bluish white and orange stripes which narrow and angle backward in dorsal fin; posterior portion of dorsal fin black with close-set blue dots; posterior portion of anal fin with alternating yellow and blue bands running parallel to body contour; caudal fin yellow. Juveniles with a large ocellated dark spot on basal portion of the soft dorsal fin. 
Habitat: Occurs in coral rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of 48 m or more. Often found in the vicinity of caves and feeds on sponges and tunicates. Solitary or in pairs, or in groups. 
Distribution: Distributed from the Red Sea throughout the Indian Ocean, eastward across the southern Pacific Ocean to the Tuamotu Archipelago, northward to the Ryukyu Islands. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan. 
Utility: Marine aquarium fish.  
Name Code: 382305
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Pygoplites diacanthus
Pygoplites diacanthus
Regal Angelfish
(shown with Acanthurus sp. )
ID: 0000 0000 0903 0440 [detail]
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Pygoplites diacanthus
Pygoplites diacanthus
Royal Angelfish
ID: 0000 0000 1005 1048 [detail]
Lovell and Libby Langstroth
© 2005 California Academy of Sciences

Pygoplites diacanthus
Pygoplites diacanthus
ID: 4444 4444 1106 0131 [detail]
© 2006 Moorea Biocode

Pygoplites diacanthus
Pygoplites diacanthus
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