- 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.
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.
Species: Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus
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
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: 120 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner reef