Centropyge vrolikii

Pearlscale angelfish | Centropyge vroliki
Centropyge vrolikii
Centropyge vrolikii, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Centropyge vrolikii
Centropyge vrolikii, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Centropyge vrolikii
Centropyge vrolikii


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pearly grey body grading to black tail and rear fins, orange-brown band on margin of gill cover and pectoral fin base, and orange outer eye. Tail and rear fins with blue margin. Lacks bars along body as on C. eibli (Eibl's Angelfish), but these species only overlap in distribution off north-western Australia. Mimicked by juvenile Acanthurus pyroferus (Mimic Surgeonfish). Length to 12 cm.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22-31.4°C

Depth: 1-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 20.3

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: Common (35.9% 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.

Edit by: Joe Shields