Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu
The emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus
imperator, is a species of marine angelfish. It is a reef-associated fish,
native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the Red Sea to Hawaii and the
Austral Islands. It ranges from coastal East Africa and the Red Sea in the
west, to the Tuamotu Islands and Line Islands.
Juveniles are dark blue with electric
blue and white rings; adults have yellow and blue stripes, with black around
the eyes. It takes about 24 to 30 months for an emperor angelfish to acquire
its adult coloring. They grow to 15.75 inches in length.
Its diet consists of meaty foods such as shrimp, clams scallops, etc., as well as spirulina and marine algae.