Centropyge tibicen

Keyhole angelfish | Black Angelfish | White Spot Angel
Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen, Raja Ampat, Photo: Graham Edgar
Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen, Lord Howe Island, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark blue body, white vertically elongated white blotch on side, yellow margin on anal fin. Similar C. nox (Midnight Angelfish) lacks white blotch. Length to 19 cm.


Max Size: 19 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-31.1°C

Depth: 4-55m

Habitat Generalization Index: 22.04

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 (15.3% 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 (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields