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Maldives Marine Life
 

Residing in the coastal reefs of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans is a fish family known as the angelfish group (Pomacanthidae). This group of marine species is adored by scuba divers and marine life enthusiasts from all over the world due to their vibrant colors and laterally compressed bodies.

 

Emperor Angelfish

 

Angelfish Habitat
Angelfish usually occur in waters up to 50 meters deep, although some species of it can be found in deeper places. Angelfish are diurnal creatures and like to hide amongst nooks and crevices of reefs during nighttime. Different species of the angelfish behave in a variety of ways as well. Some of them are rather territorial, and can be found solitary or by pairs. Other angelfish are led by a dominant male dwelling the oceans in solid groups.

Angelfish Appearance
An angelfish can be easily mistaken for a butterflyfish, which is of an entirely different fish family. Angelfish are distinguished by its streamer-like extensions in its dorsal and anal fins. It has a laterally compressed body sporting lively and vibrant colors. Largerangelfish may grow up to 60 centimeters in length, while smaller ones hardly exceed 15 centimeters. In average, most of these sea creatures are about 20-30 centimeters. A common trait of the angelfish is the drastic morph in coloration from juvenile to adulthood.

Angelfish Diet
Angelfish diet, which varies in different species, consists of algae, zooplankton, invertebrates, sponges, tunicates and hydroids. Some angelfish are rather brave creatures. They are safe to dive around with, unafraid to approach divers, and pretty much harmless creatures.

Angelfish Reproduction
Angelfish are pelagic spawners, releasing tiny eggs into the water that unites with the plankton before hatching. Some eggs may fall victim to planktonic feeders. Most angelfish are not listed as threatened or endangered. It is truly one of the wonders of the great underwater delighting scuba divers and sea lovers alike.