Passer Angel (Holacanthus passer)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Eastern Pacific Ocean, from the Gulf of California south to the Galapagos
Depth: 3 to 262 ft. Size: 14 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Algae, sponges, coral polyps, fish, crustaceans, zooplankton, feces
Natural History: The Passer Angel is found on rocky and coral reefs, as well as tidepools. In areas where it is scarce it is observed to form male-female pairs but in areas where it is common it may be found in large groups. Juveniles feed on algae and serve as facultative cleaners by setting up cleaning stations for snappers, groupers, and other larger fish. Adults are highly omnivorous and even feed on the feces of other fish. Adults also serve as facultative cleaners of sharks and rays. Males have white pelvic fins contrasting with the female's yellow pelvic fins.
Husbandry: The Passer Angel is considered a hardy aquarium species. It is also one of the most aggressive of the angelfishes. It must be kept with other squirrelfishes, groupers, snappers, aggressive angelfishes, etc. It has been observed to harass lionfish and frogfishes by biting off the tips of their fins. Adults will also nip at star polyps and zoanthids.
Reproduction: This species has been observed to reproduce. Males set up spawning territories that are visited by females. The females are courted and spawning occurs as male-female pairs rise to the surface.
AKA: King Angelfish, Whitebanded Angelfish
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