Centropyge flavissima (Cuvier, 1831)
Lemonpeel angelfish
Centropyge flavissima
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 11 years
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 50 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 16-16. Description: Overall color is bright yellow. Juveniles have a characteristic blue-edged black ocellus in the middle of each side. There is a blue circle around the eye and a blue blotch on the posterior margin of the operculum. Median fins are likewise edged blue. With 44 - 50 lateral scale rows (Ref. 1602). Body depth 1.7-2.0 in SL. Scales longitudinal series 44-50 (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults occur in coral rich areas of shallow lagoon and exposed seaward reefs from the lower surge zone (Ref. 9710) to 50 m (Ref. 30874). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Juveniles secretive (Ref. 9710). Feed mainly on algae. Live as long as 11 years in captivity (Ref. 37816). Frequently exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 October 2009 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 08.05.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.01.11
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 13.08.94

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