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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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The Coral Beauty is usually blue-purple on the head and the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The centre of the body is orange to yellow, with blue lines or spots. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Two-Spined Angelfish has a bright blue purple head, dorsal fin, anal fins and tail. It has a rounded tail. The centre of the body is orange or yellow, with vertical blue bars sometimes broken into spots. Found singly or in small groups. A popular fish in the aquarium trade. source: OZ Animals

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
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OZ Animals
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Seafood Services Australia
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Species Lists

QLD Wildlife Data - species profile notes
AcceptedCommonName: coral beauty
KingdomName: Animalia
KingdomCommonName: animals
ClassName: Actinopterygii
ClassCommonName: ray-finned fishes
FamilyName: Pomacanthidae
FamilyCommonName: anglefishes
FamilyRank: 950736
Description: The twospine angelfish has a blue-purple head and dorsal, anal and tail fins. The centre of the body is orange or yellow, with vertical blue lines or spots. This species grows to 10cm in length.
BOTStatusCode: L
Endemicity: N
Distribution: This species inhabits tropical marine waters of the Indo-west and central Pacific, from east Africa, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Tuamoto Islands. In Australia, it is known to occur in waters around Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, off north-west Western Australia, and from Raine Island in the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Bass Point, central coast New South Wales. It is also known from Lord Howe Island, New South Wales; Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, Tasman Sea.
Habitat: The species inhabits outer reef slopes and rich coral lagoons, in depths from 5-45m. Juveniles are usually found in coastal, clear-water, rocky reefs. Adults are mostly found along the sloping base of deep drop-offs.
Behaviour: The twospine angelfish is a secretive species, sheltering in crevices in the reef. This species occurs singly or in small groups. Male angelfish defend their territory by driving away other male competitors. This is performed in order to maintain access to a mate.
Reproduction: For many species of angelfish, spawning (mating) occurs at dusk. Usually a single pair, although sometimes a small group, will congregate off the ocean bottom. When a female arrives nearby, the male performs a courtship display. This involves erecting his fins and swimming rapidly back and forth. Then the male and female swim spiralling toward the surface, where they simultaneously shed eggs and sperm, before returning to the ocean bottom. The eggs are less than 1mm in diameter and hatch 15-20 hours later.
Diet: The twospine angelfish feeds on algae.
References: Egerton, L. (ed.) (2005). Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife, (Revised Edition). Readers Digest Pty Ltd, Sydney.
Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. (2006). Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 35.2, pp. 1303-1304. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.
Kuiter, R.H. (1996). Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland Ltd, Sydney.
Parkinson, K. & McGrouther, M. (2003). Find a Fish: Two-spined Angelfish, Centropyge bispinosa (GÃŒnther, 1860). Australian Museum, Sydney, accessed 16/10/2008, [].
Author: (2008-11-09 00:00:00)
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 32123
Kingdom: animals
Class: ray-finned fishes
Family: Pomacanthidae
scientificNameAuthorship: (Günther, 1860)
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: QAI
Endemicity_description: Naturally occurs in Australia and overseas

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Centropyge bispinosa


Synonyms Source
Chaetodon diacanthus Bleeker, 1857 Bleeker, 1857 Bleeker, 1857
Published in: Bleeker, P. 1857. Achtste bijdrage tot de kennis der vischfauna van Amboina. Acta Soc. Sci. Indo-Neerl. Vol. 2 pp. 1-102
Holacanthus bispinosus Günther, 1860 Günther, 1860 Günther, 1860
Published in: Günther, A. 1860. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum. Squamipinnes, Cirrhitidae, Triglidae, Trachinidae, Sciaenidae, Polynemidae, Sphyraenidae, Trichiuridae, Scombridae, Carangidae, Xiphiidae London : British Museum Vol. 2 pp. 548 pp.

Common Names

Common name Source
Coral Beauty
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Two-spined Angelfish
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Twospine Angelfish
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Coral Beauty Angel
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Dusky Angelfish
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Two-spine Angelfish
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Twospined Angelfish
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Working classification

Centropyge bispinosa  Recorded in Australia

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