Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Actinopterygii
                      Family : Pomacanthidae
 
       Scientific Name : Pomacanthidae
                      Origin : Southern Hemisphere
                     Size(L) : 7cm - 30cm
                                       (3in - 12in)
                 Life Span : 8 - 15 years
 
                      Colour : Orange, White, Blue,
                                     Black, Purple, Green, 
                                        Silver, Yellow
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Body shape and
                                      brightly coloured
                                      markings
  1. There are a 100 different species of Angelfish around the southern hemisphere.
  2. The two main species are-The Freshwater Angelfish and the Marine Angelfish.
  3. The Freshwater Angelfish are tropical species of Cichlid.
  4. They are native to the Amazon Basin preferring temperatures between 25-30 degrees Celsius.
  5. They are triangular in shape with the wild ones having dark vertical stripes.
  6. They are known to mate for life.
  7. They lay 100-1000 eggs which take only a couple of days to hatch.
  8. Their young ones called fry detach themselves from the broken egg after a week and start swimming.
  9. They prey on smaller fish and invertebrates.
  10. Their predators are larger fish, birds and marine mammals.
  11. The Marine Angelfish are related to the Butterfly fish and can grow up to 12 inches.
  12. They are found in shallow reefs up to 50 meters deep.
  13. Some of them are solitary, whereas others form territorial mating pairs or groups.
  14. They lay their eggs directly in water, which float and get mixed with Plankton till they hatch.
  15. The Marine Angelfish have bright colored bodies with different patterns.
  16. Their colors and patterns change with age, and also indicate their position in their social hierarchy.
  17. They feed on algae, smaller fish and crustaceans.
  18. Sharks, Marine mammals and humans prey on Adult Marine Angelfish.

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