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French angelfish

Pomacanthus paru


Length is up to 41 cm. Is a large angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae. The adult background coloration is black but the scales of the body, except those at the front from nape to abdomen, are rimmed with golden yellow. Furthermore the pectoral fins have a broad orange-yellow bar, the dorsal filament is yellow, the chin is whitish, the outer part of the iris is yellow, and the eye is narrowly rimmed below with blue. Juveniles are black with vertical yellow bands.


Found in the western Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas to Brazil, and also the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, at depths of between 2 and 100 m. is common in shallow reefs, occurs usually in pairs often near sea fans. It feeds on sponges, algae, bryozoans, zoantharians, gorgonians and tunicates. Juveniles tend cleaning stations where they service a broad range of clients.


These are very common sight while diving in Mexico.

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ppllaann 11 years ago

Peniche is the access port to Berlengas one of the best places to dive here, along with Algarve, Sesimbra, Madeira and Açores. Yet conditions must be good since the sea can be a bit ruff during the trip. Berlengas is a small inhabited island with a lot of spots for all kinds of dives. Never been there though. We were planning a day trip there for tomorrow, but it was postponed (again)! :)

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The MnMs 11 years ago

We also want to go to Portugal, Peniche. We were about to go this month but then other friends had to cancel so we cancelled the trip. But is likely that we go some time this next year. Do you dive in Peniche? is it nice?

ppllaann 11 years ago

must go! :) caribbean, red sea...

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

in the Caribbean is common sight :-)

ppllaann 11 years ago

must see! :)

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Cancún, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

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