Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus  (Bloch, 1787)

Vermiculated angelfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Etymology: Chaetodontoplus: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, plous, ous, oo = crossing (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical; 36°N - 12°S, 78°E - 167°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 - 18.

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Indo-West Pacific: Japan to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and east to Papua New Guinea (Ref. 4859). Reported from Mentawai Islands (Ref. 27157). May consist of two separate species, one with an all-yellow tail and the other mostly gray tail (Ref. 48391).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits continental shelf reefs; not usually found around oceanic islands (Ref. 9710). Feeds on sponges, tunicates, and filamentous algae (Ref. 9710). Forms small groups. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391). Very close to Chaetodontoplus poliourus Randall & Rocha, 2009 with different colors on pelvic, dorsal and caudal fins. The two species coexist in several islands of Indonesia (Ref. 82330) including Lesser Sunda Islands, Molucca Islands, Halmahera, and Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua (Ref. 90102).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.03020 (0.01521 - 0.05997), b=2.89 (2.71 - 3.07), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.7   ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.