Pomacanthus annularis   (Bloch,  1787) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 45 cm TL

Adults golden brown or orange with well-spaced curved horizontal stripes radiating from the pectoral-fin base area, running along the sides towards the posterior portion of the dorsal fin. Two similar blue stripes run horizontally across the face, one running through the eye, from above the snout to the edge of the operculum. A blue ring is behind and slightly above the edge of the operculum. Caudal fin is white with bright yellow margin. Juveniles black with alternating white and blue curved well-spaced stripes on the sides.

Body oval, with bluntly pointed snout. Mouth small, with numerous teeth, long and equal in size. Preoperculum with a stout spine at its angle; posterior and lower edge of preoperculum with small denticles. Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 20 to 22 soft rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 20 or 21 oft rays; soft dorsal fin sharply pointed, soft anal fin rounded. Caudal fin rounded.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon anuularis Bloch, 1787
Holacanthus annularis Day, 1875
Chaetodon annularis Bloch, 1787
(Senior synonym)
Pomacanthodes annularis (Bloch, 1787)
(Senior synonym)
Pomacanthus annularis (Bloch, 1787)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Blue Ringed Angelfish (English)
• Bluering Angelfish (English)
• Angel Fish (English)
• Ringed Angelfish (English)
• Ringed Angle Fish (English)
• Combo (Konkani)
• Jatipyna (Telugu)
• Lolla Terate (Malayalam)
• Blue Ringed Angel
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Regularly exported, aquarium, Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Coastal
Prey:  Feeds on sponges and tunicates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park INDIA

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