Pomacanthus xanthometopon also known as the Yellowface angelfish or Blue-faced Angelfish is one of the most striking and colorful of the angelfish.They are distributed in central western Pacific Ocean from the Maldives to Vanuatu, north to the Yaeyama Islands, and Palau and Krosae in Micronesia. Usually solitary found in coral rich areas of lagoons, channels, and outer reef slopes with prolific algae growth.
The juvenile Pomacanthus xanthometopon is covered in vertical black, white and sapphire blue stripes. When it reaches a length of roughly 13 cm, it will start changing into its adult coloration. The body develops a pale yellow shade bluish scales and the pectoral fin becomes bright yellow. The face of the adult fish is mottled-blue with small yellow spots and a characteristic yellow mask extends from eye to eye (but not much beyond each eye). On the caudal end of the dorsal fin, you can see a black eyespot.
Pomacanthus xanthometopon is considered to be a moderately hardy specimen but should be attempted by aquarists with a moderate amount of experience. It does not tend to be aggressive as many other Angelfish but may harass close relatives. It is often noted that the Juvenile or younger blueface angels usually adapt more readily to captivity than adults. Even though natural diet consists mainly of algae, sponge, and tunicates, will accept in captivity a variety of other foods including fortified frozen brine shrimp, mysis, and flake food .
Euxiphipops xanthometopon (Bleeker, 1853)
Holacanthus xanthometopon Bleeker, 1853
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Pomacanthus (Genus) > Pomacanthus xanthometopon (Species)