Chaetodontoplus meredithi Kuiter, 1990
Queensland yellowtail angelfish
Chaetodontoplus meredithi
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 50 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Queensland, Australia. Reported to range south to New South Wales and Lord Howe Island (Ref. 9710).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 17-19. Trunk black; the forehead, snout, breast, and caudal fin yellow; side of the head mostly blue with yellow spots; a wide white bar just behind the head, running from the below the forehead to the base of the pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with narrow yellowish to bluish white margin.
Biology:  Inhabits coastal reefs and open bottoms with rock , coral, sponge, or seawhip outcrops to depths greater than 3 5 m (Ref. 9710). Juveniles often among sponges under jetties; adults often in pairs, generally in deeper water (Ref. 9710). Feeds on sponges and tunicates. Solitary or forms pairs or small groups. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 October 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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