Yellowbar Angelfish

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Pomacanthus maculosus - (Forsskål, 1775)
Yellowbar Angelfish

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Also known as the Map or Maculosus Angelfish, this is a beautiful, extremely hardy species from the Red Sea. Scott W. Michael


This magnificent Red Sea angelfish is a real winner, a true presence in any aquarium and regarded by many as “bulletproof” — impervious to variations in its captive environment. It is a personable aquarium inhabitant and exhibits stunning colors, but demands a larger system to accommodate its adult size.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Yellowband Angelfish
  • Maculosus Angelfish
  • African Angelfish
  • Map Angelfish

Native range:

Habitat: Reef, with lots of swimming space. As with most ­angel­fishes, it acclimates best with one or two suitable bolt holes in the aquascape where it can dash into hiding.

Maximum length: 50 cm (20 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 684 L (181 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.


Omnivore. Feed meaty and algae-based foods several times a day. It will benefit from the presence of some live algae for grazing.

Aquarium Compatibility

This lovely fish will spend most of its time cruising about the aquarium. It often becomes the dominant specimen in a tank, but not at the expense of smaller tankmates. Captive-raised specimens are sometimes available and highly recommended.


Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.


Keep only one per tank, as they are likely to quarrel in most home aquariums. Juveniles will attack each other and ­similarly colored members of the family. This fish will not typically throw its weight around unless its tankmates are close relatives or they are added to a crowded tank after the angel has been in the ­aquarium for some time.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
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Text credit: SWM