Centropyge flavissima

Lemonpeel angelfish | Lemon Peel | Yellow Angelfish | Centropyge flavissimus
Centropyge flavissima
Centropyge flavissima, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
Centropyge flavissima
Centropyge flavissima, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Centropyge flavissima
Centropyge flavissima


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Bright yellow body, blue ring around eye, blue edge on gill cover with orange streak behind, rear fins with light blue margin. Similar C. heraldi (Yellow Angelfish) lacks blue markings, as does Apolemichthys trimaculatus (Threespot Angelfish) which is also larger and has a black margin on anal fin. Also mimicked by juvenile Acanthurus pyroferus (Mimic Surgeonfish) but that species has longer dorsal and anal fins, and lacks spine on gill cover. Length to 14 cm.


Max Size: 14 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-30°C

Depth: 3 - 50 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 22.77

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (18.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (5 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields