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The Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish can be recognised by its colouration. Its head is blue with yellow spots. Juveniles have a white band behind the head that darkens as the fish grows. The nape, breast and caudal fin are yellow. The body is black. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
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Species Lists

Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 32133
Kingdom: animals
Class: ray-finned fishes
Family: Pomacanthidae
vernacular name: Queensland yellowtail angelfish
scientificNameAuthorship: Kuiter, 1990
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: QA
Endemicity_description: Australian endemic
QLD Wildlife Data - species profile notes
AcceptedCommonName: Queensland yellowtail angelfish
KingdomName: Animalia
KingdomCommonName: animals
ClassName: Actinopterygii
ClassCommonName: ray-finned fishes
FamilyName: Pomacanthidae
FamilyCommonName: anglefishes
FamilyRank: 950736
Description: The Queensland yellowtail angelfish has a blue head with yellow spots. Juveniles have a white band behind the head that darkens as the fish grows. The nape, breast and tail fin are yellow. The body is black. This species has a stout preopercular spine (between the cheek and gill). It grows to a maximum length of 25-30cm.
BOTStatusCode: L
Endemicity: N
Distribution: This species is endemic to Australia. It occurs in tropical and warm temperate marine waters from northern Queensland to the central coast of New South Wales. It is also known from Lord Howe Island, New South Wales.
Habitat: The species inhabit areas with a silt bottom on coral and rocky reefs in inshore waters. They are often found under deep jetties where sponges are prolific. Small juveniles inhabit rocky ledges with sea urchins.
Behaviour: Male angelfish defend their territory by driving away other male competitors. This is performed in order to maintain access to a mate. Like many angelfish species, the Queensland yellowtail angelfish probably takes shelter in caves or coral crevices.
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.
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, p. 1306. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.
Kuiter, R.H. (1996). Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland Ltd, Sydney.
McGrouther, M. (2004). Find a Fish: Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus meredithi Kuiter, 1990. Australian Museum, Sydney, accessed 16/10/2008, [].
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Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Chaetodontoplus meredithi


Synonyms Source
Holacanthus (Chaetodontoplus) personifer (McCulloch, 1914)
Published in: McCulloch, A.R. 1916. Report on some fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South and South-Western Australia. Part 4. Biol. Res. Fish. Exp. F.I.S. Endeavour 1909-1914 Vol. 4 (4) pp. 169-199 figs 1-2 pls 49-58
Holacanthus (Chaetodontoplus) personifer (McCulloch, 1914)
Published in: Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Gt. Bar. Reef Mar. Pk. Auth. Spec. Publ. Ser. Vol. 1 pp. 1-184 figs 1-2
Holacanthus (Chaetodontoplus) personifer (McCulloch, 1914)
Published in: McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Mem. Aust. Mus. Vol. 5 pp. 145–329
Holacanthus (Chaetodontoplus) personifer (McCulloch, 1914) (McCulloch, 1914) (McCulloch, 1914)

Common Names

Common name Source
Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish
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Meredith's Angelfish
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Queensland Yellow-tail Angelfish
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Yellow-finned Angelfish
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Yellow-tail Angelfish
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Working classification

Chaetodontoplus meredithi  Recorded in Australia

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