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Genicanthus watanabei

Blackedged angelfish

Genicanthus watanabei

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. watanabei

The blackedged angelfish, Genicanthus watanabei, is a species of marine angelfish.

Other Scientific Name(s): Holacanthus watanabei.

Distribution: West-central Pacific: Taiwan to the Tuamotu Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and the Australs; Marianas and Marshalls in Micronesia.

Blackedged angelfish are found in pairs or in harems of up to five individuals.

Max. size: 15 cm Environment:reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 21 – 81 m Climate:tropical; 30°N – 28°S

This species was named by two Japanese researchers(Yasuda F. and Tominaga Y.)in 1970 in honour of one of the most eminent Japanese ichthyologists of the last two centuries.

In the aquarium

The black-edged angelfish belongs to the genus Genicanthus, the so-called swallowtail angelfish. Swallowtails are distinct from most other angelfish genera in that they have distinct male and female colour morphs so even though the species is the same you can keep two sometimes markedly different-looking individuals in the same aquarium. They are active swimmers and should be given adequate room particularly if a pair or more is to be kept. This busy lifestyle means that the Watanabei requires regular feeding in order for them to keep in good health.

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