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Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus Red Sea Butterflyfish, Vermiculate Angelfish, Vermiculated Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucusis commonly referred to as Red Sea Butterflyfish, Vermiculate Angelfish, Vermiculated Angelfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Average. A aquarium size of at least 1000 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus 
Red Sea Butterflyfish, Vermiculate Angelfish, Vermiculated Angelfish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Chaetodontoplus (Genus) > mesoleucus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Bloch, ), 1787 
Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Flores, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Andaman Sea, The Ryukyu Islands, Vietnam, Western Pacific Ocean 
Sea depth:
3 - 8 Meter 
6.69" - 7.09" (17cm - 18cm) 
71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) 
Algae, Brine Shrimps, Coral polyps = corallivorous, Dandelion, Flakes, Frozen Food (large sort), Mysis, Nori-Algae, Salad, Sea squirts, Sponges 
219.98 gal (~ 1000L) 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
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Last edit:
2018-01-24 10:47:28 

Captive breeding / propagation

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


Burgess, 1973

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus also known as Vermiculated angelfish or Singapore Angel is found in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from South-east Asia, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Solomon Islands. The Vermiculated angelfish inhabits inner coral reefs and lagoons at depths from 1 m to 20 m, often seen in pairs or as solitary individuals.

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus body is white behind the eye, gradually changing to dark grey posteriorly. Blue lips and a yellow nose abruptly change to a black vertical band over the eyes, resembling a mask. The mask is bordered with another thin vertical band of yellow, followed by a wider vertical band of white with the body being primarily black. Dorsal and anal fins are outlined in brilliant sapphire-blue and the caudal is usually yellow but may be gray. In the wild the Singapore Angel feeds on sponges, sea squirts, salps and algae.

The Singapore Angel is gorgeous, though a more difficult fish to keep. Some acclimate well, while others hide constantly and do not eat. Providing a quietly-located aquarium with non-aggressive tank mates and plenty of hiding places may help.

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus is thought to be a protogynous hermaphrodite; that is they can change from one sex to another. The Singapore Angel is also a shy species that requires a lot of hiding places, so it can adapt more readily to a captive situation. The diet consisting of large chunks of meaty foods. These foods include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It is also a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore diet containing marine algae and/or supplement with a sponge fortified formula for Angelfish.

Most large angelfish are well known for nipping at large-polyped stony corals and some soft corals as well as tridacnid clam mantles.

Chaetodon mesoleucus Bloch, 1787
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucos (Bloch, 1787)

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Chaetodontoplus (Genus) > Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus (Species)


External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Hippocampus Bildarchiv (de). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.




Husbandry know-how of owners

am 24.01.18#7
Habe dieses schöne Tier seit knapp 4 Wochen. Er ist meistens versteckt im Riff. Zu den Fütterungszeiten kommt er früher oder spät kurz rauf.
Zumindest scheint er zu fressen, da er nicht mager ist. Ob er sich an meinen Korallen vergreift, mag ich jetz noch nicht zu beurteilen.
Beckengröße 1000 Liter
Besatz: Weichkorallen, Gorgonien und LPS
am 06.08.10#6
Habe ein Tier von einem Freund bekommen, der ihn nicht mehr halten konnte, wegen zu grossen Schäden an Korallen. Halte den Fisch mit einem Pärchen A. frenatus, mehreren Anemonen und Weichkorallen in einem 150 l Becken mit vielen Versteckmöglichkeiten. An und für sich problemlos jedoch sind Gorgonien/Hornkorallen nicht haltbar. Diese zupft er so lange bis sie eingehen. LPS (Euphyllia) sind kein Problem. Ansonsten frisst er alles was an Futter gereicht wird (Trocken- und Frost).
am 11.08.07#5
Sehr hübscher und interresanter Chaetodontopolus.

Eher der etwas ruhigere, denoch sehr kämpferisch, er lässt sich von keinem anderen was gefallen.

Meiner Meinung nach anfangs etwas schwierig ans Futter zu bringen, doch wenn einmal angepasst, dann nimmt er alle sorten von Frost und Flockenfutter an.
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