Pearlscale Angelfish

Centropyge Vroliki
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Centropyge Vroliki
Other names Pearly Scaled Angelfish, Pearlscaled Angelfish, Half Black Angelfish
Size Up to 12 cm (4.7 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Rocky bottoms of offshore reef slopes and lagoons
Depth Range
Pearlscale Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Pearlscale 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 25 m (82 ft).
  • Pearlscale 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.
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on algae and sponges, but also eat small invertebrates, zooplankton and plants.
  • Estimates on lifespan have them between 5 and 7 years, the average for most pygmy angelfish species.
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Pearlscale Angelfish also known as the Half Black Angelfish is a popular reef species known for its range of contrasting colours, including brown to grey-green, black and hints of orange and blue on its fins. It is a hardy fish and very popular with aquariums.

The fish has a large range across the Indo-West Pacific from Christmas Islands, South East Asia, Micronesia, parts of Japan and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Centropyge

Species: Centropyge vrolikii

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Pearlscale Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Prawns, Sponge, Weed, Worms

Popularity: Not targeted

Pearlscale 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