- The Lamarck’s Angelfish are relatively peaceful when compared to other angelfish. Their social behaviours are similar to most in their species as they are generally solitary but can be found in pairs or small groups. Young fish stay in the shallows whilst adults can be found in up to 40 m (131 ft).
- Lamarck’s 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 omnivores and primarily feed on algae and sponges, but also eat small prawns, zooplankton and plants.
- Estimates on lifespan have them reaching up to 15 years of age.
- The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Aquarium & Reef
The Lamarck’s Angelfish is a swallowtail angelfish and very popular because if its longtail and contrasting colours. This peaceful angelfish lacks the bright colours of many other angels but has its own unique black and white patterns consisting of lines and dots.
The fish has a large range across the Indo-West Pacific, parts Vanuatu, Southern Japan, and The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Species: Genicanthus lamarck
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Lamarck’s 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
Lamarck’s Angelfish are a edible fish but are not a targeted species for consumption.
Taste Rating: 0/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Paternoster Rig
Bait: Prawns, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure bottom
Popularity: Not targeted
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Outer reef