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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Pomacanthidae
Yellowtail or Vermiculated angelfish
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus

Family Pomacanthidae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? Adults sometimes seen in fish traps. The adults are found solitary or in pairs, in silty reefs and sheltered lagoons.

Features: To about 18cm. Body oval with yellow tail, blackish, purplish brown rear portion and dorsal and anal fins, and a black bar on the head over the eyes. Large spine on the gill cover. Juveniles are bluish-black with white and blue narrow bars on the sides.

An adult caught in a fish trap.
Kusu Island, Jun 04

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Jul 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.
What does it eat? It eats sponges, ascidians and filamentous algae.

Human uses: It is frequently sold in the aquarium trade.

Vermiculated angelfishes on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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