Apolemichthys trimaculatus   (Cuvier,  1831) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 26 cm.

Color: Overall color is bright yellow with a broad black band on the edge of the anal fin and a broad white zone above it. A black spot is on the forehead and a ocellated dark spot just behind the head; the lips are blue. Juveniles have a false eye-spot at the base of the soft dorsal fin and a thin black line over the head, running through the eye.

Body short and deep, and strongly compressed. Preorbital bone convex and without strong spines. Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16 - 18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 - 19.
Feeds mainly on sponges and tunicates.

Synonym (s)
Holacanthus trimaculatus Cuvier, 1831
(senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Threespot angelfish (English)
• Three spot angel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Sponges and tunicates.



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