Genicanthus watanabei also known as the Blackedged angelfish, Watanabe's Angelfish and Watanabe's Lyretail Angelfish is usually found near Western, South Pacific.
The Blackedged angelfish is one of the few angelfish to exhibit sexual dimorphism. Both genders have a black ridge on outer edges of the dorsal and anal fins. Males also display 8 thin, black, horizontal stripes on the mid and lower portions of its silvery-blue body. Females do not display stripes but are equally striking. They are uniquely marked with a deep black bar adjoining the eyes. The sharply raked tail fin of both genders is accented by a black band along the upper and lower edges.
Genicanthus watanabei is an ideal candidate for the deep-water reef aquarium. Acclimation will be facilitated by a dimly-lit tank. Watanabe's Angelfish can be kept in singles, pairs, or “harems” of a single male and multiple females. Do not keep two males in the same tank as fighting will ensue.
Neither Soft nor Stony Corals are likely to be harmed a Watanabei. Being planktivores, this active swimmer requires feedings multiple-times daily for best health in captivity. Feed prepared and frozen foods like krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It is also a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore diet containing marine algae and supplement with a sponge fortified formula for Angelfish.
Holacanthus watanabei Yasuda & Tominaga, 1970
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Genicanthus (Genus) > Genicanthus watanabei (Species)