Pomacanthus semicirculatus   (Cuvier,  1831) (Fish)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacanthidae

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Description
Max. size: 40 cm SL.

Color: Adults brownish on anterior and posterior third of the body, middle portion greenish or yellowish, numerous blue spots on the sides, posterior part of dorsal and anal fins prolonged as a filament, the tips bright yellow. Juveniles of this species are bluish black with concentric white semi-circles.Transformation to the adult color pattern occurs over the size range of about 8 - 16 cm.

Dorsal spines (total): 13-13, Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-23, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 18-22.


Synonym (s)
Holacanthus semicirculatus Cuvier, 1831
Holacanthus alternans Cuvier, 1831
(Junior synonym)
Holacanthus lepidolepis Bleeker, 1853
(Junior synonym)
Holacanthus reginae Sauvage, 1891
(Junior synonym)
Holacanthus semicirculatus Cuvier, 1831
(Senior synonym)
Pomacanthops semicirculatus (Cuvier, 1831)
(Senior synonym)
Pomacanthus semicirculatus (Cuvier, 1831)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Semicircle Angelfish (English)
• Blue Angelfish
• Koran Angel
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(The young are excellent aquarium fish and suitable for a community tank. Fisheries, ornamental fish)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on sponges, tunicates, and algae

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.76) INDIA (Record: 01/2004-12/2004)
• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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