French Angelfish

(Pomacanthus paru)

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Pirates Passage
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Western Atlantic Ocean from Florida and the Bahamas to Brazil


Size: 16-24 inches

Lifespan: 10-15 years


sponges, algae, soft coral, tunicates

French angelfish are often confused with their close relative, the gray angelfish. French angelfish have black scales edged with bright yellow, while gray angelfish lack the yellow trim. Juvenile French angelfish have the same general shape as adults but exhibit different coloration and patterns. The juvenile fish is black with three thick, vertical yellow bands on the body. French angelfish form monogamous relationships with a single mate and work together, defending their territory from other French angelfish.

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