Twospine Angelfish

Centropyge Bispinosa
Twospine Angelfish - Marinewise © 2024 MarineWise

Quick Facts

Scientific name Centropyge Bispinosa
Other names Coral Beauty Angelfish, Two-Spined Angelfish, Dusky Angelfish
Size Up to 10 cm (4 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Lagoon and seaward reef slopes
Depth Range
Twospine Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Twospine Angelfish or commonly known Coral Beauty is a semi-aggressive fish that generally live on their own or in small harems. They are typically found in depths between 5 m to 45m (16 ft to 147 ft).
  • Twospine Angelfish like all pygmy angelfishes are hermaphrodites, meaning they may change sex from female to male during their life cycle.
  • These fish are omnivores but primarily feed on algae.
  • Estimates of lifespan is around 10 years.
  • Unlike larger species of angelfish, the colours of this angelfish does not fade with age
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Twospined Angelfish also known as the Coral Beauty Angelfish is a popular reef species admired for its bright colours including bluish/purple on its head and dorsal area, and orange/yellowish body with blue lines and dots. They are very hardy fish and popular with the aquarium trade – it is one of the highest purchased dwarf angelfish.

The fish has a large range throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, covering parts of East Africa, Philippines, Tuamoto Islands, parts of Southern Japan and down to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Centropyge

Species: Centropyge bispinosa

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Twospine Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Prawns, Sponge

Popularity: Not targeted

Twospine Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: With caution

Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons