- 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.
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.
Species: Centropyge flavicauda
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
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Paternoster Rig
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure bottom
Popularity: Not targeted
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With caution
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Outer reef