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Pomacanthus xanthometopon Yellowface Angelfish, Blue-face Angelfish, Bluefaced Angelfish, Blueface Angelfish, Yellowmask Angelfish

Pomacanthus xanthometoponis commonly referred to as Yellowface Angelfish, Blue-face Angelfish, Bluefaced Angelfish, Blueface Angelfish, Yellowmask Angelfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 3500 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Pomacanthus xanthometopon 
Blaukopf - Kaiserfisch 
Yellowface Angelfish, Blue-face Angelfish, Bluefaced Angelfish, Blueface Angelfish, Yellowmask Angelfish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Pomacanthus (Genus) > xanthometopon (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Bleeker, ), 1853 
(the) Maldives, Australia, Bali, Bangladesh, China, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Raja Amat, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Taiwan, Thailand, the Andaman Sea, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Nicobar Islands, Tulamben, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Papua  
Sea depth:
5 - 30 Meter 
13.39" - 14.96" (34cm - 38cm) 
71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) 
Algae, Brine Shrimps, Coral polyps = corallivorous, Flakes, Frozen Food (large sort), Nori-Algae, Salad, Zooplankton 
769.92 gal (~ 3500L) 
Only for advanced aquarists 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2020-03-25 17:56:41 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Pomacanthus xanthometopon are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Pomacanthus xanthometopon, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Pomacanthus xanthometopon, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


(Bleeker, 1853)

Pomacanthus xanthometopon also known as the Yellowface angelfish or Blue-faced Angelfish is one of the most striking and colorful of the angelfish.They are distributed in central western Pacific Ocean from the Maldives to Vanuatu, north to the Yaeyama Islands, and Palau and Krosae in Micronesia. Usually solitary found in coral rich areas of lagoons, channels, and outer reef slopes with prolific algae growth.

The juvenile Pomacanthus xanthometopon is covered in vertical black, white and sapphire blue stripes. When it reaches a length of roughly 13 cm, it will start changing into its adult coloration. The body develops a pale yellow shade bluish scales and the pectoral fin becomes bright yellow. The face of the adult fish is mottled-blue with small yellow spots and a characteristic yellow mask extends from eye to eye (but not much beyond each eye). On the caudal end of the dorsal fin, you can see a black eyespot.

Pomacanthus xanthometopon is considered to be a moderately hardy specimen but should be attempted by aquarists with a moderate amount of experience. It does not tend to be aggressive as many other Angelfish but may harass close relatives. It is often noted that the Juvenile or younger blueface angels usually adapt more readily to captivity than adults. Even though natural diet consists mainly of algae, sponge, and tunicates, will accept in captivity a variety of other foods including fortified frozen brine shrimp, mysis, and flake food .

Euxiphipops xanthometopon (Bleeker, 1853)
Holacanthus xanthometopon Bleeker, 1853

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Pomacanthus (Genus) > Pomacanthus xanthometopon (Species)


External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Fishes of Australia (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Hippocampus Bildarchiv (de). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. Reef Builders (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



Copyright Jim Greenfield, Foto Eriyadu, Malediven
Copyright J.E. Randall, Foto aus Malaysia


copyright Hiroyuki Tanaka


Pomacanthus xanthometopon - Blaukopf - Kaiserfisch


Copyright Copyright Scott & Jeanette Johnson, Caroline Island
Copyright Dr. Paddy Ryan
Copyright Dr. Paddy Ryan
Pomacanthus xanthometopon, MLE - Summer-Island -Boduhiti Thila, copyright by Aitsch-Pi

Husbandry know-how of owners

am 09.08.09#3
Färbt sich bei abwechslungsreichem Futter auch im Aquarium um, was jedoch ein Jahr lang dauern kann. Geht an die meisten Weichkorallen, Schwämme, Algen, Muscheln und krebsartigen Tiere sowie an gewisse Anemonen. Frisst auch Glasrosen.
Ist vor der Umfärbung markant scheuer als danach. Kann sehr gross werden und sollte nur in grossen Aquarien gehalten werden.

Gruss Ben Mitglied im VMN
am 25.09.05#2
Ich habe ihn erstanden in einer größe von ca 4 cm und ist noch in der jugend färbung.Es ist aber ein riesen feigling der sogar Angst vor Artemia hat.Fressen tut er nur trockenfutter was rot ist.Meine grösseren exemplare die ich mal hatte waren immer sehr agresiv und greifen auch mal die Hand an.Und leider gehn sie zu 90 % an niedere tiere
am 16.05.05#1
Indo-w.Pacific; 40 cm; common
Adults with a yellow eye band on face, a blue chin and a yellow throat; a black spot on
dorsal fin posteriorly in adults; easy to acclimate but hard to live for a long time, delicate
in large adult stage
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