Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacanthidae
Etymology: Centropyge: Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, pyge = tail (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 9 - 45 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 35°N - 32°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5953)
soft rays: 17 - 19. Color in life variable; predominantly light orange with the barring broken into a series of spots; others almost entirely purple. Often very pale in deep water and bright orange form in the Pacific that looks near identical to C. aurantia.
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Izu Island, south to Lord Howe Island. Not found in the Red Sea, Hawaii, and the southern Pacific Ocean (Ref. 48391).
Secretive species found in lagoon and seaward reef slopes in areas with rich coral growth. Found singly or in aggregations (Ref. 1602); forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Feeds on algae. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391).
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.03275 (-0.07870 - 0.14421), b=2.74058 (2.66638 - 2.81479), based on LWR estimates for species & family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.29 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .