Bluegirdled Angelfish

Pomacanthus Navarchus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pomacanthus Navarchus
Other names Majestic Angelfish, Navarchus Angelfish, Bluegirdle Angelfish
Size Up to 30cm (11.8 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Clear lagoons, reefs and surge channels.
Depth Range
Bluegirdled Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • This is a territorial species often found on its own or occasionally in pairs. Young fish stay in the shallows whilst adults can be found in up to 40 m (130 ft).
  • The Blue Girdled Angelfish is a protandrous hermaphrodites, meaning they change from one gender to another later in life.
  • Juveniles are typically dark blue to black with light coloured vertical lines on their sides. These colours start to change to the bright blues and yellows when they reach the 3 to 7 inch size
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on tunicates, algae and sponges, but also eat small invertebrates and zooplankton.
  • Estimates on lifespan have them reaching up to 21 years of age.
  • The Blue Girdled Angelfish is a shy fish generally living near caves or reef crevices, they are considered to be semi-aggressive
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Bluegirdled Angelfish also commonly known as the Majestic Anglefish is a popular reef species well known for its bright colours. Adult fish comprise of three main colours; Deep blue, yellow/orange and neon blue highlights. Whilst the fish is not considered dangerous, they do have a long spine on the gill covers for protection.

The fish has a large range across the tropical west Pacific, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Pomacanthus

Species: Pomacanthus navarchus

Conservation Status

Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Blue Girdled Angelfish is currently categorised as “Least Concern”(LC).

LC is the lowest category on the scale for risk with “Extinct”(EX) being the highest.

Fish Taste Quality

Blue Girdled Angelfish are a edible fish but are not a targeted species for consumption.

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Bluegirdled Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Ganged Hook Rig

Bait: Sponge, Weed, Worms

Technique: Keep bait on the bottom

Popularity: Not targeted

Bluegirdled Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Shy

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Shy

Danger: None

Elusive / Overlooked Species

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Deepsea

Danger: Poisonous