Kwajalein Angelfish (Pomacanthidae)

This page covers the family Pomacanthidae, or angelfish, from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. The photos include all the species we have seen at Kwajalein. Two additional species that have been reported from the Marshall Islands include Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus reported by Randall et al, 2005, and Centropyge flavicauda, now considered a synonym of C. fisheri and known from a sight record reported in Myers (1999). Allen et al, 1998, provide known distribution maps of angels, and three additional species have distributions that could include (or come very close to) the Marshalls: Apolemichthys trimaculatus, Centropyge nigriocella, and Pomacanthus semicirculatus. We have not yet seen these in our travels within the Marshalls, but they are certainly worth watching out for. Finally, we have seen Pomacanthus xanthometapon commonly at Pohnpei, not all that far from the Marshalls in the eastern Caroline Islands, and Randall (2005) notes that Centropyge aurantius occurs in Pohnpei as well. It is possible one or both of these will turn up in the Marshalls if we look long enough.

Apolemichthys


Apolemichthys griffisi



Centropyge


Centropyge bicolor



Centropyge bispinosa


Centropyge colini


Centropyge flavissima


Centropyge heraldi

Centropyge cf interrupta

Centropyge loricula


Centropyge multicolor


Centropyge multifasciata

Centropyge vrolikii

Centropyge flavissima X vrolikii hybrid

Genicanthus


Genicanthus bellus
male


Genicanthus bellus
female



Genicanthus watanabei
male

Genicanthus watanabei female

Pomacanthus



Pomacanthus imperator


Pomacanthus imperator
juvenile


Centropyge


Pygoplites diacanthus



Pygoplites diacanthus juvenile

References:

Allen, Gerald R., Roger Steene, & Mark Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. 250pp.

Myers, Robert F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes, third edition. Coral Graphics, Guam. 330pp.

Randall, John E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI, USA. 707pp.

Randall, John E., Robert F. Myers, Michael N. Trevor, Scott R. Johnson, Jeanette L. Johnson, Satoshi Yoshii, & Brian D. Greene. 2005. Ninety-one new records of fishes from the Marshall Islands. Aqua 9(3):115-132.

Back to Critters page

Kwajalein Underwater home

All photos are protected by copyright. Please contact uwkwaj@yahoo.com for more information on purchase, use, or redistribution of any photos.