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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, more that 1,600 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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In an effort to get a better idea of their behaviour and population in Wales, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Natural Resources Wales launched the Angel Shark Project: Wales in July 2018, aiming to encourage people to report all sightings of the creatures.
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Initially restricted to coastal areas and continental shelf fishing grounds, bottom gillnet fisheries developed in southeastern and southern (SE/S) Brazil focusing primarily on demersal fishes as angel sharks (Squatina spp.), whitemouth croaker (Micropogonias furnieri), and Argentine croaker (Umbrina conosai) (Klippel et al, 2005).
Angel sharks are critically endangered and were declared officially extinct in the North Sea in 2006.
Students will learn that some sharks are camouflaged like the angel shark which looks like sand.
The sicklefin smoothhound (Mustelus lunulatus), prickly shark (Echinorhinus cookei), Pacific angel shark (Squatina californica), and longtail stingray (Dasyatis longa) were the largest species recorded; and these species collectively represented nearly 5% of the total elasmobranch abundance.
Yn aml iawn mae anifeiliaid sy'n gorwedd ar wely'r mor hefo lliwiau a phatrymau sy'n adlewyrchu eu cynefin, er enghraifft, y siarc angel dwyreiniol (Squatina albipunctata; eastern angel shark) sy'n edrych yn debycach i forgath na siarc.
These fisheries operate on a multispecies basis (i.e., more than 20 species), targeting mainly narrownose smooth-hound shark Mustelus spp., tope shark Galeorhinus galeus, angel shark Squatina spp., rays Sympterygia spp., Atlantoraja spp.
In total, 15 species were considered to be in the highest-risk category, critically endangered, 14 of which were sharks and rays including all three angel shark species found in the region.
The top-ranked elasmobranch by weight (finfish group) was the Atlantic angel shark, Squatina dumeril, ranked 6th, followed by the roughtail stingray, Dasyatis centroura, ranked 13th.
There are four different species of sharks at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, including the critically endangered Angel Shark.