Flame Angelfish

Centropyge Loricula
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Centropyge Loricula
Other names Japanese Pygmy Angelfish, Dwarf Flame Angelfish
Size Up to 10 cm (3.9 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Stony coral in clear lagoon reef patches, reef faces, and outer reef slopes.
Depth Range
Flame Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Flame Angelfish are a semi-aggressive fish and typically found in pairs or small groups of 5 to 7 fish. Young fish stay in the shallows whilst adults can be found in up to 60 m (197 ft).
  • Flame Angelfish like many other Angelfish are broadcast spawners, releasing their eggs and sperm towards the top of the water column or surface at dusk. The fertilised eggs then float with the current and eventually settle on the bottom.
  • These fish are dichromatic, meaning there is a visual difference between genders. The male fish are slightly larger than females and the blue streaks along the dorsal and anal fins are more apparent.
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on algae and small crustaceans.
  • Estimates on lifespan have them living between 5 and 7 years.
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Flame Angelfish is a dwarf Angelfish and very popular because if its stunning bright red orange colours highlighted with blue along the dorsal and anal fins. Unlike many other Angelfish, there has been successful breeding of this species in captivity, although difficult.

The fish has a large range across reeds of the Oceania, including the Marshall, Line and Cook Islands, to Hawaii and parts of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Centropyge

Species: Centropyge loriculus

Conservation Status

Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Flame 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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Flame Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Sponge, Weed

Popularity: Not targeted

Flame Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy to moderate

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: With caution

Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Danger: None