- The Threespot Angelfish are a peaceful species mostly found in pairs or small schools. Young fish stay in the shallows under 25 m (82 ft) whilst adults can be found in up to 80 m (262 ft).
- Threespot Angelfish do not exhibit dramatic sexual dimorphism (visual differences) between sexes. Males may be slightly larger than females.
- These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on algae, sponges, tunicates and other small invertebrates.
- Estimates of lifespan is 10 years.
- They get their name from the spot on the forehead, above the eye, and a faded spot behind each gill.
- The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Aquarium & Reef
The Threespot Angelfish also known as the Flagfin Angelfish is a popular reef species admired for its bright yellow colour and bluish/purplish mouth. Whilst they are a peaceful fish, they are also very timid and easily spooked.
The fish has a large range throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, covering parts of East Africa, Samoa, parts of Southern Japan and down to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Species: Apolemichthys trimaculatus
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Threespot 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
Threespot 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
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure bottom
Popularity: Not targeted
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Difficult
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Outer reef