Pomacanthus chrysurus also known as the Ear Spot Angelfish and referred to as the Goldtail Angelfish or Chrysurus Angelfish. It is a striking and somewhat rare angel fish in the aquarium trade. Found from the southern end of the Red Sea, down Africa's east coast to South Africa they inhabits coral-rich reefs.
The Ear Spot Angelfish has an overall mottled-brown body with vertical white stripes. There are several bright sapphire-blue stripes on the head, and the tail is a dull yellow rimmed in the same sapphire-blue. As other angelfish, it is hermaphroditic, and there are no distinguishing characteristics to differentiate males and females.
Not a good reef dweller, the Ear Spot Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles, but may be kept with small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals. When stressed, the Ear Spot Angelfish makes an unusual clicking sound.
Pomacanthus chrysurus is best kept individually as they may be aggressive towards their own species as well as bother other Angels, more passive tankmates, and newly introduced fish. It is difficult to keep as it feeds in the wild primarily on sponges, but also tunicates, algae, zooantharians, gorgonians, hydroids, bryozoans, and seagrasses.
Holacanthus chrysurus Cuvier, 1831
Pomacanthodes chrysurus (Cuvier, 1831)
Pomacanthodes rodriquesi von Bonde, 1934
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Pomacanthus (Genus) > Pomacanthus chrysurus (Species)