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#5325 Queen Angelfish - Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam (Holland)

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Queen Angelfish at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)

The Queen Angelfish is a marine angelfish commonly found near reefs in the warmer sections of the western Atlantic Ocean. The adult Queen Angelfish overall body colour can be described as blue to blue-green with yellow rims on its scales. Their pectoral and ventral fins are also yellow but their lips and the edges of their dorsal fins and anal fins are dark blue. Queen Angelfish are also known to have blue markings around each gill cover. Juveniles have dark blue bodies with yellow lips, gills, and tail and vertical bars ranging in colour from light blue to white. The colours of the juvenile fish help them to blend in with the reefs. The Queen Angelfish may live up to 15 years in the wild and reach up to 45 centimetres (17 inches) in length. The Queen Angelfish feeds primarily on sponges, but also feeds on tunicates, jellyfish, and corals as well as plankton and algae.
Juveniles serve as "cleaners" and feed on the parasites of larger fish at cleaning stations. Queen Angelfish inhabit reefs and are common near Florida, especially the Florida Keys, and also the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico. It is rarely seen in the Bermuda Triangle
and ranges as far south as Brazil and as North as Long Island.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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