French Angelfish

Pomacanthus paru

Maximum Size:

24 in (60 cm)


Up to 15 years.

Typical depth:

10–330 ft (3–100 m)


French angelfish dine primarily on sponges, but may also feed on gorgonians and algae. Juveniles often act as cleaners, eating the parasites from other reef fish. At dusk, French angelfish find shelter from nocturnal predators in reef cracks and crevices.


Large grouper and sharks.

Did you know?

French angelfish are often found in pairs. They defend a large territory together, which may be as large as a football field, and spawn only with that partner. It is believed that French angelfish remain with their partner for life.