- The Multibar Angelfish are non-migratory, semi-aggressive fish and mostly found in pairs or small harems. Young fish stay in the shallows whilst adults can be found in up to 70 m (229 ft).
- Multibar Angelfish like many other angelfish are broadcast spawners, releasing their eggs and sperm towards the top of the water column right before sunset. The fertilised eggs then float with the current and eventually settle on the bottom.
- Juveniles have fewer bars and have a ocellus (eye-like marking) that stands out on their dorsal fin, it fades as the mature.
- These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on algae and sponges, but also eat small invertebrates, zooplankton and plants.
- Estimates on lifespan have them 5 and 7 years of age, the average for most dwarf angelfish species.
- They are protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning that they are all born female and the dominant fish change gender to male
- The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Aquarium & Reef
The Multibar Angelfish also known as the Barred Angelfish is a popular reef species known for its vertical black and white stripes and yellow underbelly. Juvenile fish typically stay in the shallows of inner reefs and lagoons whilst adults can be found on the outer reef in caves or crevices.
The fish has a large range across the Indo-Pacific including Cocos-Keeling Atoll, Society Islands to Yaeyama Islands and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Species: Paracentropyge multifasciata
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Multibar 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
Multibar 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, Sponge, Weed, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure bottom
Popularity: Not targeted
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate to difficult
Reef Compatible: With caution
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner reef