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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Percoidei
Superfamilia: Percoidea
Familia: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Genicanthus
Species: G. bellus - G. caudovittatus - G. lamarcki - G. melanospilos - G. personatus - G. semicinctus - G. semifasciatus - G. spinus - G. takeuchii - G. watanabei


Genicanthus Swainson, 1839


Genicanthus Report on ITIS

* FishBase link : genus Genicanthus (Mirror site) (+species list)

Vernacular names

Genicanthus is a genus of marine angelfishes in the family Pomacanthidae. Known commonly as swallowtail or lyretail angelfish, these fishes are so-named for the distinctive shape of their tailfins. Unlike others in the Pomocanthidae family, the angelfish in the Genicanthus species are generally considered to be reef safe.[1] Also unlike most other members in the Pomacanthidae family, the Genicanthus genus are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females are easily distinguishable. Fish in this species possess a small mouth relative to its size. This small mouth is well adapted for feeding on plankton in the water column. As planktavores, members of the genus Genicanthus generally will not nip corals and sessile invertebrates.


* Ornate angelfish, Genicanthus bellus Randall, 1975.
* Zebra angelfish, Genicanthus caudovittatus (Günther, 1860).
* Blackstriped angelfish, Lamarck's angelfish, Genicanthus lamarcki (Lacépède, 1802).
* Spotbreast angelfish, Genicanthus melanospilos (Bleeker, 1857).
* Masked angelfish, Genicanthus personatus Randall, 1975.
* Halfbanded angelfish, Genicanthus semicinctus (Waite, 1900).
* Japanese swallow, Genicanthus semifasciatus (Kamohara, 1934).
* Pitcairn angelfish, Genicanthus spinus Randall, 1975.
* Genicanthus takeuchii Pyle, 1997.
* Blackedged angelfish, Genicanthus watanabei (Yasuda & Tominaga, 1970).


1. ^ Reefkeeping.com

* Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). Species of Genicanthus in FishBase. June 2006 version.

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