Keyhole Angelfish

Centropyge Tibicen
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Centropyge Tibicen
Other names White Spot Angelfish, Puller Angelfish, Tibicen Angelfish, Melas Angelfish
Size Up to 19 cm (7.5 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Clear lagoons, inner/outer reefs, and surge channels.
Depth Range
Keyhole Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Keyhole Angelfish are a semi-aggressive fish and social behaviours are similar to most Angelfish as they are generally solitary but can be found in a pair or small harems. Young fish stay in the shallows whilst adults can be found in up to 55 m (180 ft).
  • Keyhole 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.
  • They are all born female and as they mature, the larger fish become male. If the male of a harem dies, the dominant female of the bunch will transform into a male and lead the harem
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on algae and small crustaceans.
  • Estimates on lifespan have them reaching up to 10 years in captivity and 6 years in the wild.
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Keyhole Angelfish is a dwarf angelfish and popular because if its dark colours highlighted by whites and yellows. They are the largest of the dwarf angelfish and do not get along with other species of dwarf angelfish.

The fish has a large range which includes areas in the Eastern Indian Ocean, Fiji, Japan and Lord How Island of Australia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Centropyge

Species: Centropyge tibicen

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Keyhole Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Sponge, Weed

Popularity: Not targeted

Keyhole Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: No

Minimum Tank Size: 60 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Danger: None