Species of Thailand
Binomial name: Pygoplites diacanthus, Pieter Boddaert, 1772
The royal angelfish or regal angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus, is a species of marine angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae, and the monotypic genus Pygoplites. It is found in tropical Indo-Pacific oceans. Its can grow as long as 25 cm.
In the aquarium
Although it is frequently exported through the aquarium trade it rarely survives in the aquarium.
Usually specimens abused during shipment, more likely caught by drugging, will refuse to eat anything, including live fare.
However, given the right environment, specifically with smaller and docile tankmates like gobies and dwarf angels, it will start feeding within days when fed brine shrimp, brine shrimp plus flakes, and further progressing to regular frozen foods and a certain brand of cichlid pellets which this species seem to crave.
With a hostile environment with fellow large angels, puffers, and triggers, and certain clowns, it will almost certainly fail to acclimate and slowly die of starvation due to its shyness to start feeding.
Survivability of feeding specimens seem to equal to the other Pomacanthids.
Fresh water dips may be required to rid newly arrived specimens of flukes and ick which this species is especially prone to.
The prior myth that only yellow-bellied variations from Sri Lanka and the Red Sea will survive points to the fact that specimens from the Philippines and Indonesia are often abused when collected.
This article uses material from Wikipedia released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike Licence 3.0. Eventual photos shown in this page may or may not be from Wikipedia, please see the license details for photos in photo by-lines.
Videos of Royal angelfish
- Pygoplites diacanthus
- Bluebanded angelfish
- Empress angelfish
- Regal angelfish
- Regal angelfish pasific
- Royal angelfish
- Royal empress angel
- Royal empress angelfish
- French: Poisson-ange duc
- Chaetodon diacanthus, Pieter Boddaert (1772)
- Holacanthus diacanthus, Pieter Boddaert (1772)
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
Range map of Pygoplites diacanthus in Thailand
Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.
Special thanks to Ton Smits and Parinya Pawangkhanant for their help with many range data.
Contribute or get help with ID
Please help us improving our species range maps. To add a new location to the range map we need a clear image of the specimen you have encountered. No problem if you do not know the species, we will do our best to identify it for you.
For the location, please provide the district name or the national park/ wildlife sanctuary name.
Please post your images to our Thai Species Identification Help group on Facebook.