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angelfish,

common name for certain members of the Pomacanthidae, a family of brightly colored reef-dwelling tropical fishes with compressed bodies and small mouths and teeth. They were formerly classified in the same family as the similar but smaller butterfly fishesbutterfly fish,
common name for certain members of the Chaetodontidae, a family of reef-dwelling tropical fishes with compressed bodies and small mouths and teeth. Butterfly fish are carnivorous, feeding on crabs, barnacles, and other invertebrates.
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; the angelfishes have spines on their gill covers and long filaments on their dorsal fins. Angelfish are carnivorous, feeding on crabs, barnacles, and other invertebrates. The queen angelfish, a good food fish that reaches 2 ft (60 cm) in length, is colored in blues and yellows. The French angelfish is black with yellow scale edgings; the keyhole, or black, angelfish is nearly solid black with a striking central white blotch; and the bizarre rock beauty has a black body with yellow head, fins, and tail. The Atlantic spadefish is also called angelfish or white angelfish, but it belongs to the family Ephippidae, and is more closely related to the tangstang,
common name for certain members of the Acanthuridae, a family of mostly small, mainly reef-dwelling tropical fishes with compressed bodies and small mouths and teeth. Other members of the family are known as surgeonfishes and unicornfishes.
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. Freshwater species known as angelfish are cichlidscichlid
, common name for members of the family Cichlidae, several hundred species of spiny-finned freshwater fishes of moderate or small size, native to Africa, S Asia, Mexico, and Central and South America. Cichlids are found in tropical waters.
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. The true marine angelfishes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Pomacanthidae.

angelfish

1. any of various small tropical marine percoid fishes of the genus Pomacanthus and related genera, which have a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae
2. a South American cichlid, Pterophyllum scalare, of the Amazon region, having a compressed body and large dorsal and anal fins: a popular aquarium fish
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2 (Mustelus lunulatus) Squaliformes Echinorhinidae Prickly shark 11 -- (Echinorhinus cookei) Squatiniformes Squatinidae Pacific angel shark 57 94.
In the mid 1970s over 100 [angel] sharks per year were being tagged and in recent years one or two per year so you could calculate about a 95% of decline in the angel shark and that is in its core hotspot.
Capture associated with large mesh gillnets was related mainly with angel shark.
Tina gently led Karen over to an Angel Shark and to our amazement persuaded her to stroke it as it lay in the sand.
Some species have become critically endangered, including the common sturgeon and common skate, as well as the angel shark, leatherback turtle and Atlantic halibut.
Aspects of the age, growth and reproduction of the Pacific angel shark, Squatina californica, off Santa Barbara, California.
Species Captures Weight (kg) Atlantic sharpnose 4,197 5,199 Bonnethead 830 1,519 Smooth dogfish, Mustelus canis 134 344 Florida smoothhound, Mustelus norrisi 121 291 Carcharhinidae 85 99 Blacknose 81 226 Angel shark 59 159 Carcharhinus sp.
Under new regulations introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government it is now an offence to kill, injure or remove from the wild the water vole, angel shark, spiny seahorse, roman snail and short-snouted seahorse.
The angel shark, the undulate ray and the common skate were once among the most prized catches but it's now feared they could be wiped out in Ireland.
But now Angelis the angel shark and his would-be mate Anne are giving their fin romance one last go.