Habitat and Ecology
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
Depth range (m): 18 - 18
Temperature range (°C): 23.718 - 23.718
Nitrate (umol/L): 0.297 - 0.297
Salinity (PPS): 34.779 - 34.779
Oxygen (ml/l): 4.970 - 4.970
Phosphate (umol/l): 0.054 - 0.054
Silicate (umol/l): 2.240 - 2.240
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From 12 to 60 meters.
Life History and Behavior
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Listed as Least Concern, as despite its relatively limited distribution, this species occurs in large and stable populations, there is very limited collection of specimens for the aquarium fish trade, no substantial habitat loss, and there are no apparent threats.
It is generally common with stable populations.
There is no substantial habitat loss, there is limited collection for the marine aquarium fish trade, and there appear to be no major threats to this species overall.
There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. Populations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The Japanese angelfish or Japanese pygmy angelfish (Centropyge interruptus) is a very rare marine angelfish. It has an orangey yellow body with purplish blue spots completed with a bright yellow tail. The spots are larger towards the tail, and the bottom part the rear of the fish gradually becomes purple. The spots also turn from blue to purple towards the tail. They are native to the Ogasawara Islands south of Japan.
Little is known about this rare species. It does, however, have a certain reputation among saltwater aquarium keepers. The angelfish is notoriously hard to come by, and at the same time considered one of the most beautiful and durable of Centropyge angelfish. It adapts well to captivity, but because of its rarity, the few specimens that show up in captivity fetch prices in the thousands of dollars.
- "Centropyge interruptus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=610475. Retrieved 6 June 2006.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Centropyge interruptus" in FishBase. May 2006 version.