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Holacanthus ciliaris (Yellow angelfish; Queen angelfish; Queen anglefish; Queen angel; Golden angelfish; Blue angelfish; Angelfish)

Synonyms: Angelichthys ciliaris; Angelichthys iodocus; Chaetodon ciliaris; Chaetodon parrae; Chaetodon squamulosus; Holacanthus cornutus; Holacanthus coronatus; Holacanthus formosus; Holacanthus iodocus; Holocanthus ciliaris
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Wikipedia Abstract

The queen angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) is an angelfish commonly found near reefs in the warmer sections of the western Atlantic Ocean. Other common names include blue angelfish, golden angelfish, queen angel, and yellow angelfish. Holocanthus ciliaris should not be confused with Holocanthus bermudensis, or the (Bermuda) blue angelfish, despite very similar appearances. They are two separate species.
View Wikipedia Record: Holacanthus ciliaris

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc National Park II 21428 Quintana Roo, Mexico    
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      

Prey / Diet

Acarnus innominatus[1]
Americardia guppyi (guppy strawberry cockle)[2]
Arca zebra (turkey wing)[2]
Arcopsis adamsi (adams ark)[2]
Barbatia candida (white-beard ark)[2]
Barbatia domingensis (white miniature ark)[2]
Callyspongia plicifera[1]
Callyspongia vaginalis[1]
Caribachlamys ornata (ornate scallop)[2]
Caribachlamys pellucens (knobby scallop)[2]
Chama macerophylla (leafy jewelbox)[2]
Chama sarda (cherry jewelbox)[2]
Chondrilla nucula (Chicken liver sponge)[1]
Clathria juniperina[1]
Erylus formosus (Taiwan sponge)[1]
Ircinia strobilina (Stinking pillow sponge)[1]
Isognomon bicolor (bicolored purse-oyster)[2]
Isognomon radiatus (lister purse-oyster)[2]
Laevichlamys multisquamata (many-ribbed scallop)[2]
Lima lima (spiny fileclam)[2]
Limaria pellucida (Antillean fileclam)[2]
Mycale laevis[1]
Spheciospongia vesparium (Common loggerhead sponge)[1]
Spirastrella coccinea[1]
Stelletta kallitetilla[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthostracion polygonius (Cowfish)1
Cantherhines macrocerus (Whitespotted filefish)2
Cantherhines pullus (Tobaccofish)2
Chaetodipterus faber (White angelfish)1
Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill)2
Holacanthus passer (whitestripe angelfish)1
Holacanthus tricolor (Yellow nanny)5
Pomacanthus arcuatus (Pot cover)3
Pomacanthus paru (French angelfish)4
Pomacanthus zonipectus (Cortez angelfish)1


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[2]
Scorpaenodes caribbaeus (Reef Scorpionfish)[2]


Parasitized by 
Antorchis urna[3]
Faustula keksooni[3]
Manteria brachyderus[3]
Neobenedenia melleni[3]
Pyelosomum erubescens[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Artis Zoo
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Denver Zoological Gardens
Houston Zoo, Inc.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Park i Ogrod Zoologiczny w Krakowie
Randers Regnskov
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
Rotterdam Zoo
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science
West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Brazil; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Paul's Rocks; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Eastern Central Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks (Ref. 13121).;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Sponge-feeding fishes of the West Indies, J. E. Randall and W. D. Hartman, Marine Biol. 1, 216-225 (1968)
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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