Centropyge shepardi, also known as the Shepardi Angelfish and Mango Angelfish, is rarely in trade, mainly because it is only found near the Mariana and Ogasawara Islands and very rare collected for the hobby. These two islands are right in the middle of the Western Pacific between Japan in the North and Papua New Guinea in the South. These Islands are very far and isolated, not to reach very well.
Centropyge shepardi is found in exposed outer reef slopes and occasionally in clear lagoon reefs at depths of 1 - 56 m (3.3 - 183.7 ft). Prefers areas of mixed dead and living corals with numerous shelter holes and passages
Centropyge shepardi adapts fairly well to captivity and is one of the few Centropyge Angelfish with color differences between males and females. The males have darker, more distinct margining and a blue patch behind their gill plates.
Like the most Centropyge it will spend its day happily grazing on bits of algae growing on live rock and other aquarium decorations. The only reason they would bother with coral is if they are under fed and try to get to the zooxanthellae in the coral tissue. Centropyge shepardi will readily accept most frozen and prepared foods such as mysid or frozen shrimp and angelfish preparations.
They are not considered very aggressive and may be picked on by other fish.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Centropyge (Genus) > Centropyge shepardi (Species)