Whitetail Angelfish

Centropyge Flavicauda
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Centropyge Flavicauda
Other names Royal Blue Pygmy Angelfish, Damsel Angelfish, Fisher's Angelfish, Pacific Pygmy Angelfish
Size Up to 7.5 cm (3 in)
Weight Under a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coral areas in lagoon channels & outer reef slopes.
Depth Range
Whitetail Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Whitetail Angelfish also know as Damsel Angelfish is a small semi-aggressive fish that generally live on their own or in pairs. They are typically found in depths between 3m to 60m (9.8 ft to 196 ft).
  • Whitetail Angelfish like all pygmy angelfishes are hermaphrodites, meaning they may change sex from female to male during their life cycle.
  • These fish are herbivores and primarily feed on algae.
  • Estimates of lifespan are up to 7 years.
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Whitetail Angelfish are one of the smallest members of the Centropyge genusis, and also called the Damsel Angelfish in some regions. It’s body and face are primarily blue and the caudal fin is white. Although some have hints of brown/orange in their face.

The fish has a large range throughout the Indo-West & Central Pacific Oceans, covering parts of East Africa, Hawaii, 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 flavicauda

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Whitetail Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Bait: Sponge

Popularity: Not targeted

Whitetail Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Herbivore

Reef Compatible: With caution

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Danger: None