Pomacanthus xanthometopon

Blueface Angelfish | Yellowfaced Angelfish | Yellowmask Angelfish
Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Pomacanthus xanthometopon, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Bright blue lower face with yellow bar across eyes, dark patch on top of head, body with reticulated pattern of yellow scale edges on blue, yellow pectoral and tail fins, dorsal fin with blue-spotted dark patch and anal fin with blue spots. Juveniles with alternating wide and narrow bars. Length to 38 cm.


Max Size: 38 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.4-30.7°C

Depth: 5-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.56

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 (4.8% 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