It’s no secret that we absolutely adore marine angelfish so it’s with great pleasure that we discovered that Biota Palau was adding one more species to the captive bred mix. The common blackspot swallowtail angelfish, Genicanthus melanospilos, is a widespread species that has a very different appearance between the immature juveniles and females, and the large showy males.
But even without the elegant large swallow tail and zebra stripes of the mature males, the young and females sport a subtle beauty all their own. A tan body is framed by blueish anal and caudal fins, as is the eye, and the entire body is accented by a bright yellow top and dorsal fin which is clear in the captive bred youngsters from Biota Palau.
The captive bred swallowtail angelfish is just the latest success from Biota and joins their mandarins, linki gobies and coral beauty angelfish as part of their captive bred lineup. Biota probably has a very limited supply of the cultured G. melanospilos from Palau and while they may be quite small, this is when the swallowtail angels are at their cutest, perfect for growing out in a smaller aquarium until they are big enough to be placed into a full sized aquarium.