Class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes),  Order Perciformes (Perch-likes),  Family Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)

Chaetodontoplus melanosoma


DISTRIBUTION: Indonesia and Philippines to S.W. Japan.  Also S.E. Papua New Guinea.

HABITAT: Marine. Inshore and outer rock and coral reefs (5-30m).

APPEARANCE: Up to 8 inches in size.  Light grey head and back, dark grey below, dorsal, anal and tailfins black with yellow margin; maze of yellow markings on snout and nape.  Several similar species, easily confused. Juveniles are almost identical as in other species complexes in the genus. Most confusion is caused as color changes occur with growth that may match between different species at certain stages, especially the caudal fin pattern that maybe yellow in sub-adults on one and yellow in adults of others

DIET: Omnivore, primarily feeding on sessile Invertebrates, Algae, Sponges, and Tunicates.

REMARKS; Solitary or in pairs.

LOCATION: Philippine coral Reef