Pomacanthus sexstriatus

Sixband Angelfish | Sixbar Angelfish
Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Pomacanthus sexstriatus, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Pomacanthus sexstriatus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Pomacanthus sexstriatus, juvenile, WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Pomacanthus sexstriatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark head with vertical white band behind eye, olive body with blue spots and 5-6 dark bands on side, rear fins with blue spots and blue margin, dorsal and anal fins create an almost rectangular profile. Juvenile with white vertical bars in dark central body, bars grading to blue above and below. Length to 46 cm.


Max Size: 46 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.1-31.8°C

Depth: 3-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 21.54

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 (42.0% 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: Few (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields