HusbandryPygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)
Pygoplites diacanthus also known as Regal Angel or Royal angelfish, so called for its stunning royal blue color, is found in the Red Sea and East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands, north to Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. The most common Regal Angels available come from the Red Sea, which is brighter in color and has a yellow belly. The other common Regal Angel comes from the Indo-Pacific, which has a blue/grey belly and is not as bright in coloration as the Red Sea variant.
The Regal Angel occurs in coral rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of 48 m or more. Often found in the vicinity of caves and feeds on sponges and tunicates.
Pygoplites diacanthus are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity because most refuse to accept any aquarium fare. Unfortunatly, it is still rare to keep this fish alive for a long amount of time, so it is better to leave in the ocean. If you are very determined to keep this fish, you must inspect it before taking it home. It should be particularly thick around the head. It should obviously be eating some form of food being offered to it. It should not be missing any scales or fins. Lastly, it should show awareness of your presence. This means that it should come to the front of the tank to check you out for a few seconds at a time.
Chaetodon diacanthus Boddaert, 1772
Holacanthus diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)
Pygoplites boddaerti Gmelin, 1789
Pygoplites dux Gmelin, 1789
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Pygoplites (Genus)