QUEEN ANGELFISH: COLOURFUL CORAL ROYALTY: BAHAMAS REEF FISH (13)


Holacanthus ciliaris (Wiki)QUEEN ANGELFISH: COLOURFUL CORAL ROYALTY – BAHAMAS REEF FISH (13)

One of the earliest posts in the Bahamas Reef Fish series was about Queen Angelfish Holacanthus ciliaris, and you can see it HERE. I make no apology for returning with some more recent photos from Melinda Riger – these fish deserve plenty of attention for their wonderful bright presence that stands out even amongst the colourful corals of the reef.

This first image is remarkable for its clarity and composition. What, I wonder, is the fish saying to Melinda as she presses the camera button? All caption suggestions welcome…Queen Angelfish © Melinda Riger @ G B Scuba

Angelfish are quite happy  to swim round either way upQueen Angelfish (Juv) ©Melinda Riger @ GB ScubaQueen Angelfish (juv) ©Melinda Riger @ G B Scuba

The juvenile of the species, nosing around the coral for tasty morsels,  is equally colourfulQueen Angelfish (juv) Melinda Riger @ G B ScubaQueen Angelfish Melinda Riger @ G B Scuba

11 thoughts on “QUEEN ANGELFISH: COLOURFUL CORAL ROYALTY: BAHAMAS REEF FISH (13)

  1. I’ve tested my breath-holding skills many times whilst snorkeling and trying to get the perfect shot of a juvie Queen Angelfish. Even spent hours painting one on a sign outside my shed. They look so different that I was amazed to find 30 years ago that the juvenile was not a distinct species …(perhaps they should be called “Princess Angelfish”). She is saying “Take it now! The looks of youth are fleeting!”.

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    • Thanks… and I wish they were mine! But Melinda has the gear and the swimming / diving skills that I completely lack, so I’m just very pleased to be allowed to use her amazing undersea pics. Loved your Amsterdam series, if I may say so? RH

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