Regal angelfish

Pygoplites diacanthus

Regal angelfish

Royal angelfish, blue banded angelfish

One of the most widely distributed angelfish species, found from the Red Sea and East Africa to Southern Japan, the Tuamotu Islands and New Caledonia. Easy to spot in many snorkeling destinations, for example in Egypt, Mayotte, MaldivesIndonesia and the Great Barrier Reef.

As most of angelfish species, Pygoplites diacanthus go through aspect changes with growth, and the juveniles are colored differently from the adults.

Spots where Pygoplites diacanthus has been spotted by snorkelers

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