Fish Lab - Ecology

Feature Articles is for subscribing Members of CoralRealm.

Swallowtail Angelfishes
(Genus Genicanthus)

Lamarck's angelfish is one of the most common members of the swallowtail angelfish genus. Learn more about this black-sheep of the angelfish family in this article!

In the animal kingdom one can find numerous cases where unrelated species, that have similar life-styles, share both anatomical and behavioral characteristics. For example, the angelfishes of the genus Genicanthus, unlike most members of the family Pomacanthidae, regularly capture zooplankton well away from the substrate. The members of this genus, which are commonly referred to as swallowtail angelfishes, are more similar in overall appearance to other zooplankton feeders than they are to members of their own family. In fact when many divers first encounter a member of this genus they often find it difficult to believe that they are looking at an angelfish, because these fishes look nothing like the more familiar coral beauty, emperor angelfish or regal angelfish. Although they have diverged from the what most of us think an angelfish should look like, they do posses all the characteristics that define members of the family Pomacanthidae.

In this Coral Realm Feature Article we will take a look at this unique group of angelfishes. We will examine their biology, as well as their social and reproductive behavior. There is also a photo gallery that includes 13 photos of swallowtail angelfish.

We invite you to join our growing international community of members. It takes less than 5 minutes using our secure and privacy protected online application form and payment system.

Free Nudibranch Screen Saver Join CoralRealm's international community and get this screen saver FREE!

A must for any sea slug lover! This screen saver features 18 beautiful images of rare and exotic sea slugs from Indonesia. Includes amazing photos documenting mating and egg-laying behavior! All images are 1024 x 768. More Info...

Click Here to become a member now!

Need more information?   Select a link below:

CoralRealm Member Benefits
Member Comments and Testimonials