Family Pomacanthidae - Angelfishes
  Order
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  Class
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Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
:
Genera : 8 | Species : 89 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  Division
:
Marine
  Aquarium
:
many
  First Fossil Record
:
lower   Tertiary   lower   Eocene
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
  Remark
:
Tropical Atlantic, Indian, and (mainly western) Pacific. Strongly compressed body. Angle of preopercle with a strong spine. Three spines in anal fin. Many species have an elongate extension on hind margin of soft dorsal and anal fins. Caudal fin rounded to strongly lunate with 15 branched rays. Vertebrae 24 (10+14). Striking coloration, markedly different between juveniles and adults of many species. In shallow waters of less than 20 m deep, very seldom below 50 m; generally near coral reefs. Social organizations in this group vary from monogamy, harems, promiscousity, and lekking (Ref. 38726). Several species are protogynous hermaphrodites engaging in 'haremic' social system. Pelagic spawners. Species of Centropyge feed primarily on filamentous algae and species of Genicanthus feed primarily on zooplankton; most others feed on sponges, invertebrates, algae and fish eggs. Most species do well in the aquarium, but some food specialists are difficult to maintain. Poma- = operculum, acanth- (gr.) = spine. Three basic feeding styles: predation on sessile invertebrates, herbivory and planktivory (Ref. 38503).
  Etymology
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Greek, poma,-atos = cover + Greek, akantha = thorn ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
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nonguarders
  Typical activity level
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normal
  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Euteleosteomorpha | Neoteleostei | Eurypterygia | Ctenosquamata | Acanthomorphata | Euacanthomorphacea | Percomorphaceae | Percomorpharia | Incertae sedis in Percomorpharia | Pomacanthidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Pomacanthidae as currently in FishBase

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This list uses some data from Catalog of Fishes (not shown but used to sort names).

In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 23-07-2014 (Ref. 97102).

The list ordered as follows:

Please send comments and corrections if you detect errors or missing names.

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Pomacanthus arcuatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon arcuatus Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal2
! Chetodon lutescens Bonnaterre, 1788
synonymseniororiginal2
Chaetodon lutescens Bonnaterre, 1788
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal2
! Pomacanthus baltcatus Cuvier, 1831
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Apolemichthys arcuatus (non Gray, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Holacanthus arcuatus (non Gray, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Pomacanthus asfur (Forsskål, 1775)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon asfur Forsskål, 1775
synonymseniororiginal2
Arusetta asfur (Forsskål, 1775)
synonymseniornew
Pomacanthus maculosus (Forsskål, 1775)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon maculosus Forsskål, 1775
synonymseniororiginal2
Holacanthus striatus Rüppell, 1836
synonymjuniororiginal2
Pomacanthodes striatus (Rüppell, 1836)
synonymjuniornew
Pomacanthus striatus (Rüppell, 1836)
synonymjuniornew
synonymjuniororiginal2
Pomacanthus annularis (Bloch, 1787)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
Pomacanthus imperator (Bloch, 1787)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
Holacanthus imperator (Bloch, 1787)
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
Chaetodon nicobariensis Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal2
Acanthochaetodon nicobariensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
synonymjuniornew
Holacanthus nicobariensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
synonymjuniornew
Pomacanthus nicobariensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
synonymjuniornew
Pomacanthus paru (Bloch, 1787)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon paru Bloch, 1787
synonymseniororiginal2
Chaetodon aureus Bloch, 1787
synonymjuniororiginal2
Pomacanthus aureus (Bloch, 1787)
synonymjuniornew
Pomacanthus chrysurus (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
Pomacanthus navarchus (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Euxiphipops navarchus (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Holacanthus reginae Liénard, 1891
synonymjuniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
! Pomacanthus sextriatus (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Pomacanthus rhomboides (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus rhomboides Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908
synonymseniororiginal2
Holacanthus striatus (non Rüppell, 1836)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Pomacanthodes striatus (non Rüppell, 1836)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Pomacanthus striatus (non Rüppell, 1836)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Pomacanthus semicirculatus (non Cuvier, 1931)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Holacanthus tricolor (Bloch, 1795)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon tricolor Bloch, 1795
synonymseniororiginal2
Pomacanthus tricolor (Bloch, 1795)
synonymseniornew
! Holocanthus tricolor (Bloch, 1795)
synonymseniornew
Holacanthus ciliaris (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon ciliaris Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal2
! Holocanthus ciliaris (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal2
Chaetodon parrae Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal2
Holacanthus coronatus Desmarest, 1823
synonymjuniororiginal2
! Holacanthus cornutus Desmarest, 1823
synonymjuniororiginal
Holacanthus formosus Castelnau, 1855
synonymjuniororiginal2
Holacanthus iodocus Jordan & Rutter, 1897
synonymjuniororiginal2
Angelichthys iodocus (Jordan & Rutter, 1897)
synonymjuniornew
! Holocanthus lunatus Blosser, 1909
ambiguousquestionableoriginal2
Holacanthus lunatus Blosser, 1909
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
Holacanthus passer Valenciennes, 1846
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniorchange in rank
synonymseniororiginal1
synonymseniororiginal
Angelichthys isabelita Jordan & Rutter, 1898
synonymjuniororiginal2
Holacanthus isabelita (Jordan & Rutter, 1898)
synonymjuniornew
acceptedseniororiginal2
Holacanthus africanus Cadenat, 1951
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Holocanthus africanus Cadenat, 1951
synonymseniororiginal
Holacanthus limbaughi Baldwin, 1963
acceptedseniororiginal2
Genicanthus lamarck (Lacepède, 1802)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus lamarck Lacepède, 1802
synonymseniororiginal2
! Genicanthus lamarcki (Lacepède, 1802)
synonymseniornew
! Genicanthus lamark (Lacepède, 1802)
synonymseniornew
Genicanthus melanospilos (Bleeker, 1857)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Genicanthus caudovittatus (Günther, 1860)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge caudovittatus (Günther, 1860)
synonymseniornew
Holacanthus zebra Sauvage, 1891
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Holacanthus melanospilos (non Bleeker, 1857)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
! Geniacanthus melanospilus (non Bleeker, 1857)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
! Genicanthus melanospilus (non Bleeker, 1857)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Genicanthus semifasciatus (Kamohara, 1934)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Genicanthus watanabei (Yasuda & Tominaga, 1970)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus watanabei Yasuda & Tominaga, 1970
synonymseniororiginal2
Genicanthus bellus Randall, 1975
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Genicanthus spinus Randall, 1975
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge tibicen (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus tibicen Cuvier, 1831
synonymseniororiginal2
! Centropyge tibicens (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
! Xiphipops tibicen (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge bicolor (Bloch, 1787)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon bicolor Bloch, 1787
synonymseniororiginal2
! Centropyge bicolour (Bloch, 1787)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge flavissima (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
! Centropyge flavissimus (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge nox (Bleeker, 1853)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus nox Bleeker, 1853
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge vrolikii (Bleeker, 1853)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus vrolikii Bleeker, 1853
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge vroliki (Bleeker, 1853)
synonymseniornew
! Centropyge vrolicki (Bleeker, 1853)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge bispinosa (Günther, 1860)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus bispinosus Günther, 1860
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge bispinosus (Günther, 1860)
synonymseniornew
! Centropyge hispinosus (Günther, 1860)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge multispinis (Playfair, 1867)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
! Centropyge multispinus (Playfair, 1867)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge bispinosus (non Günther, 1860)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Centropyge loriculus (Günther, 1874)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus loriculus Günther, 1874
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge loricula (Günther, 1874)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge flammeus Woods & Schultz, 1953
synonymjuniororiginal1
Centropyge fisheri (Snyder, 1904)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus fisheri Snyder, 1904
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge flavicauda Fraser-Brunner, 1933
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal2
Centropyge potteri (Jordan & Metz, 1912)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus potteri Jordan & Metz, 1912
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge interrupta (Tanaka, 1918)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge interruptus (Tanaka, 1918)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge acanthops (Norman, 1922)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Xiphipops acanthops (Norman, 1922)
synonymseniornew
! Centropyges acanthops (Norman, 1922)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge fisheri (non Snyder, 1904)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Xiphipops fisheri (non Snyder, 1904)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Xiphipops flavicauda (non Fraser-Brunner, 1933)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Centropyge argi Woods & Kanazawa, 1951
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge heraldi Woods & Schultz, 1953
acceptedseniororiginal2
Pomacanthus heraldi (Woods & Schultz, 1953)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal2
Centropyge nigriocella Woods & Schultz, 1953
acceptedseniororiginal
! Centropyge nigriocellus Woods & Schultz, 1953
synonymseniororiginal1
Centropyge eibli Klausewitz, 1963
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge venusta (Yasuda & Tominaga, 1969)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus venustus Yasuda & Tominaga, 1969
synonymseniororiginal2
Sumireyakko venustus (Yasuda & Tominaga, 1969)
synonymseniornew
! Centropyge venustus (Yasuda & Tominaga, 1969)
synonymseniornew
Paracentropyge venusta (Yasuda &Tominaga, 1969)
synonymseniornew
Centropyge ferrugata Randall & Burgess, 1972
acceptedseniororiginal
! Centropyge ferrugatus Randall & Burgess, 1972
synonymseniororiginal1
Centropyge hotumatua Randall & Caldwell, 1973
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge aurantia Randall & Wass, 1974
acceptedseniororiginal
! Centropyge aurantius Randall & Wass, 1974
synonymseniororiginal1
acceptedseniororiginal2
! Centropyge aurantanota Burgess, 1974
synonymseniororiginal
! Centropyge aurantonota Burgess, 1974
synonymseniororiginal
Centropyge colini Smith-Vaniz & Randall, 1974
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge joculator Smith-Vaniz & Randall, 1974
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge multicolor Randall & Wass, 1974
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge resplendens Lubbock & Sankey, 1975
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge flavipectoralis Randall & Klausewitz, 1977
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge shepardi Randall & Yasuda, 1979
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge nahackyi Kosaki, 1989
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge fisheri (non Snyder, 1904)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Centropyge interruptus (non Tanaka, 1918)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Centropyge boylei Pyle & Randall, 1992
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge narcosis Pyle & Randall, 1993
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge abei Allen, Young & Colin, 2006
acceptedseniororiginal2
Centropyge deborae Shen, Ho & Chang, 2012
acceptedseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus septentrionalis Temminck & Schlegel, 1844
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus duboulayi (Günther, 1867)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus duboulayi Günther, 1867
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus personifer (McCulloch, 1914)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus personifer McCulloch, 1914
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus Yasuda & Tominaga, 1976
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus vanderloosi Allen & Steene, 2004
acceptedseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus poliourus Randall & Rocha, 2009
acceptedseniororiginal2
Chaetodontoplus sp. Not applicable
synonymotherother
Chaetodontoplus sp. 1 Not applicable
synonymotherother
Pygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)
acceptedseniornew
Chaetodon diacanthus Boddaert, 1772
synonymseniororiginal2
Holacanthus diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)
synonymseniornew
Apolemichthys xanthurus (Bennett, 1833)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus xanthurus Bennett, 1833
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
synonymseniornew
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal2
Apolemichthys xanthotis (Fraser-Brunner, 1950)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus xanthotis Fraser-Brunner, 1950
synonymseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
acceptedseniororiginal2
Apolemichthys guezei (Randall & Maugé, 1978)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus guezei Randall & Maugé, 1978
synonymseniororiginal2
Apolemichthys griffisi (Carlson & Taylor, 1981)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus griffisi Carlson & Taylor, 1981
synonymseniororiginal2
Apolemichthys kingi Heemstra, 1984
acceptedseniororiginal2
Paracentropyge multifasciata (Smith & Radcliffe, 1911)
acceptedseniornew
Holacanthus multifasciatus Smith & Radcliffe, 1911
synonymseniororiginal2
Centropyge multifasciata (Smith & Radcliffe, 1911)
synonymseniornew
! Centropyge multifasciatus (Smith & Radcliffe, 1911)
synonymseniornew
! Paracentropyge multifasciatus (Smith & Radcliffe, 1911)
synonymseniornew
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