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Lemon Peel - Melanesia

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Dwarf Angels
Lemon Peel - Melanesia
Centropyge flavissima
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Care: 
Beginner
Diet: 
Omnivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Melanesia
Ranges in the Western Pacific from southern Japan, Micronesia and Philippines to Coral Sea, central Pacific to the Marquesas and southeastern Indian Ocean, but not into Indonesia, except for Irian Jaya. Separate and different-looking population in Christmas Island. In most areas this species is usually seen at a depth of about 20m, sometimes at 25m in coral rich areas, but in Guam it is a common species and often much shallower. Very distinctive species being bright yellow with iridescent blue lines highlighting the eyes, gills and fins. Juveniles feature a large blue-edged black ocellus centrally on the side. Reaches a size of 14cm.
They are commonly referred to as pygmy angelfishes, due to their generally much smaller size than other angelfish genera. The species are variably distributed in tropical and subtropical seas of the world. Few have large geographical distributions and some are endemic to tiny oceanic outposts, an island , or small island group. They occur on algal-rocky and coral reefs, and most species live in shallow waters at depths to about 15m,  but some range to 70m or more, and a few inhabit only depths of more than 50m. Pygmy angelfishes are quick-darting and often shy species that hug the substrates with tunnels and crevices, ready to disappear and appear again several metres away.

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