Pomacanthus navarchus

Bluegirdle Angelfish | Majestic Angelfish | Navarchus Angelfish
Pomacanthus navarchus
Pomacanthus navarchus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Orange body with blue scale centres forming spots, large iridescent-blue edged blue bar across head, orange chin, orange dorsal and tail fins, blue pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, and blue-edged navy bar over tail base. Juveniles with narrow vertical blue and white bands. Length to 28 cm.


Max Size: 28 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.4-31.3°C

Depth: 3-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.67

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 (8.2% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields