Centropyge heraldi

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Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi, Niue, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi
Centropyge heraldi


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Bright yellow body, with a dark smudge behind eye, dusky orange scribbles and spots on face, orange stripes against yellow on anal fin, occasionally with broad black streak along edge of rear dorsal fin. Lacks blue markings on face like C. flavissima (Lemonpeel Angelfish) and differs from juvenile Acanthurus pyroferus (Mimic Surgeonfish) in more rounded head profile and fin shape. Length to 12 cm.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.3-29.5°C

Depth: 5-90 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 9.4

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: Infrequent (9.7% 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: Few (3 per transect)

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