Centropyge acanthops is also known as the African Pygmy Angelfish, African Flameback Angelfish and Orangeback Angelfish. He has striking contrasts of blue and orange-yellow colors. While the body is predominately blue, there is a broad, bright orange to yellow swatch from the head along the back to the tip of the dorsal fin. The caudal fin is yellow and somewhat transparent, which helps to distinguish it from Centropyge aurantonotus (Brazilian Flameback Angelfish).
Centropyge acanthops requires a tank with lots of hiding places as the most Pygmy Angels and lots of live rock for grazing. On occasions this fish may nip at SPS and some species of polyp corals in the reef aquarium.
The diet of Centropyge acanthops should include marine algae, angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other high-quality meaty foods.
Centropyges acanthops (Norman, 1922)
Holacanthus acanthops Norman, 1922
Xiphipops acanthops (Norman, 1922)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Centropyge (Genus)