Centropyge interrupta is perhaps the poster child for rare dwarf angels, easily recognized by aquarist world wide. There’s nothing quite like the sparkly blue spots against the intense orange body that all life stages of this dwarf angelfish possess, but its only in the juvenile form, that its most easily observed and appreciated. BlueHarbor just scored two luxurious juveniles and wasted no time in photographing and cementing their beauty in digital form with a video update. The interrupta angelfish is a real expensive and uncommon sight, but juveniles such as these are a totally different story.
Like many other rare fish, the interrupta angelfish follows an inverse price scale. That is, the smaller they are, the rarer and pricier they get. Most specimens that get put up for retail are big, and by big, we mean big. Interrupta angelfish are some of the largest species in the Centropyge genus, growing to a maximum size of around 7 inches. The interrupta angelfish is also one of the more sexually dichromatic species in the genus, and males can be differentiated by females with the presence of blue streaks and spots on the face, as well as the soft dorsal and anal fins.
Although primarily a Japanese species, the interrupta angelfish can be found in Midway atoll near the north-west end of the Hawaiian archipelago. The only place where potters angelfish and the interrupta angelfish mingle in the wild. We leave you with this exceptional video of the two juveniles flitting about a large group of very healthy looking ventralis anthias.
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