Yellowtail Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus personifer
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Chaetodontoplus personifer
Other names Blueface Angelfish, Personifer Angelfish, Spottedface Angelfish, Yellowface Angelfish
Size Up to 35 cm (14 in)
Weight Up to a kilo (2.2lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Rocky areas, flat bottom sponge gardens and coral reefs
Depth Range
Yellowtail Angelfish Distribution Australia

Interesting Info

  • The Yellowtail Angelfish from western Australia is a semi-aggressive fish that generally lives a solitary life, but can be found in pairs or small harems. They are typically found in depths up to 40m (131 ft).
  • Yellowtail Angelfish like other angelfishes (Pomacanthidae), have a sharp spine at the base of each gill cover (handle with care).
  • These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on sponges, tunicates and crustaceans.
  • Estimates of lifespan between 10 and 15 years.
  • They are the largest of its genus growing up to 35 cm (14 in).
  • The main predators of angelfish include sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Aquarium & Reef

The Yellowtail Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus personifer) is endemic to western & northern Australia and often confused with the Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus meridithi). They are “sister species” and the distinguishing feature between the two is an all yellow tail in the QLD Yellowtail’s versus a black bar through the tail of personifer angelfish.

As it is endemic to Australia, it has a small range across western and northern Australia, being found as far south as Perth.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Genus: Chaetodontoplus

Species: Chaetodontoplus personifer

Conservation Status

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

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

Taste Rating: 0/5

How to catch
Yellowtail Angelfish

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Bait: Prawns, Sponge, Weed

Popularity: Not targeted

Yellowtail Angelfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate to difficult

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: No

Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Danger: None