While most angelfish reserve their reverence for the Hawaiian masked angelfish, Genicanthus personatus, when it comes to swallowtail angelfish we hold the spotted angelfish, Genicanthus takeuchii, closest to our reefing hearts. You can imagine our excitement when we discovered not one but two high quality videos of the spotted angelfish in its natural environment, one showing a full close up of a large adult male spotted angelfish and the other is a steady shot of a juvenile Genicanthus takeuchii darting around a field of rubble in Ogasawara.
We’ve posted videos of the spotted angelfish before, one of a small aquarium specimen that was suffering from decompression issues and probably illegally collected and another video of a spotted angelfish during an Ogasawara dive which was shaky and low quality. Neither of those compare to these new spotted angelfish videos which in the case of the adult G. takeuchii above is an unbelievably close point of view. The video of the juvenile spotted angelfish below is available in HD and it is quite a sight to see this super rare marine angelfish swimming around the rubble and coral with other really popular fish like the Japanese Pygmy angelfish, Centropyge interrupta and Wrought Iron butterflyfish.