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, Maldives, Indonesia 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.
at Gorgonia Beach (Egypt) © lesli
at Shaab Samadai (Egypt) © lesli
at Coraya Bay (Egypt) © lesli
at El Nido – Tour C (Philippines) © manceau
at Nanatha Bay (Mozambique) © manceau
at Wakatobi Dive Resort (Indonesia) © nst56
at Biyadhoo (Male Atolls) © chris-burton
at Opal Reef (Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef)
at Bunaken (Indonesia)
at Blue Hole (Egypt) © gavensmar
at Tavanipupu (Solomon Islands) © mluzvieira
at Lagoonarium (Tahiti and the Society Islands)
at Gorgonia Beach (Egypt) © jc_mara
at Vilamendhoo (Ari Atoll) © dominique
at Ilots Choizil (Mayotte)
at Ras Um Sid (Egypt)
at Gordon Reef (Egypt)
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