Vermiculate Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus Mesoleucus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Chaetodontoplus Mesoleucus
Other names Singapore Angel, Vermiculated Angelfish, Red Sea Butterflyfish, Vermiculated Angelfish
Size Up to 18 cm (7 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Inner/Outer reefs with rich coral growth
Depth Range
Vermiculate Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Vermiculate Angelfish is a semi-aggressive fish that generally live in pairs or one male to two females – juveniles are solitary. They are typically found in depths between 3 m to 20m (10 ft to 65 ft).
  • Vermiculate Angelfish are often mistaken for butterfly fish because of its flat appearance and colours. It is even called the Red Sea Butterflyfish in certain areas.
  • These fish are omnivores but primarily feed on algae and weed but also on sponges, tunicates, and sea squirts.
  • Estimates of lifespan is around 10 years.
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Vermiculate Angelfish is a popular reef species often mistaken for a butterflyfish. They get their name from the patterning of wavy/winding lines across their body and fins. The main colours of the fish consist of white, black, grey, yellow and blue lips. A standout feature is the black band or line that that runs vertical through their eye.

The fish has a large range throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, 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: Chaetodontoplus

Species: Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Vermiculate Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Prawns, Sponge, Weed, Worms

Popularity: Not targeted

Vermiculate Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate to difficult

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: With caution

Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Danger: None