Rusty Angelfish (Centropyge shepardi)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 33 to 184 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Microalgae and detritus
Natural History: The Shepard's Angelfish is found on reef slopes with sand, rock, and coral substrates. It prefers areas that provide numerous hiding places in recesses and crevices. It is generally observed in haremic groups consisting of a single male and 3 or 4 females. This species is reported to be capable of sex change, from female to male, and back again. Males have more blue on the fringes of the dorsal and anal fins.
Husbandry: The Shepard's Angelfish is considered a hardy but aggressive aquarium fish. It is most aggressive with other species of similar body form. It will likely nip at soft and stony corals and the mantles of tridacnid clams.
Reproduction: This species has been found to hybridize with the Cherub Angelfish.
AKA: Shepard's Angelfish
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