Queen Angelfish

Holacanthus ciliaris

Maximum Size:

18 in (45 cm)


Up to 15 years.

Typical depth:

3–230 ft (1–70 m)


Queen angelfish are often found swimming gracefully between sea fans, sea whips and corals, alone or in pairs. They feed almost exclusively on sponges, but have been known to snack on algae and tunicates as well. Young Queen angelfish also clean parasites off larger fish.


Large grouper and sharks.

Did you know?

Queen angelfish got their name from the round, black and blue spot located on the top of their heads that looks somewhat like a crown.