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Species: Centropyge argi, Cherubfish, Cherubfish Angelfish, Pygmy Angelfish

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blue + orange lower head

Centropyge argi Woods & Kanazawa, 1951

Cherubfish, Pygmy Angelfish, Cherubfish Angelfish

Body oval, deep, compressed; snout short, blunt; mouth small, with brush-like teeth; a long, strong spine at the corner of the preopercle with vertical margin serrated; rear of bone under eye with 2 large, rear-pointing spines; smaller spines on the preopercle, and opercle; dorsal fin un-notched, XIV-XV, 15-16; anal rays III,17; dorsal and anal fins with bluntly angular rear tips; scales squarish, moderate sized 32-34 in lateral series, regularly arranged, very rough and with distinct ridges on the exposed part; scales extend out onto the median fins; without "axillary process" (an enlarged scale) at the base of the pelvic fins; lateral line ends under soft dorsal fin.

Deep blue body, with yellow to orange chest and lower head; a blue ring around eye.

Maximum size about 5 cm.

Habitat: coral and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-170 m, usually below 30 m.

N Carolina to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Sea anemones
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Herbivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 170