Boy do we love us some rare angelfish hybrids, and today we’ve got the second goldflake x griffis angelfish hybrid we’ve documented in less than a year. This new set of glamour shots of the Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus x A. griffisi cross come to us from Kengo Zeze of Blue Harbor Aquarium in Japan.
This is the first real good look we’ve ever had at this particular hybrid offspring of these Pacific Ocean angelfish species. We got our first look at what a smaller griffis x goldflake hybrid looks like as recently as October when Pacific Island Aquatics scored a whole crop of baby Apolemichthys angelfish.
The specimen from Blue Harbor pictured here is a little bit larger, and seems the appropriate size to be part of the same cohort featured back in October. So you can imagine this is what the same griffis x goldflake hybrid looks like grown out for half a year.
This griffis hybrid is still only halfway to being full grown, with the full onset of adult coloration still probably a year off. You can already see the blending of its parents features, particularly in the blue girdle it borrowed from the blueface angelfish. But I particularly want to see that black and white streak manifest itself in some way once the fish is adult sized, but who knows when or if that will happen.