Emperor Angelfish are denizens of coral reef systems of the Indo-west and central Pacific Ocean as well as the tropical Indian Ocean.
The gaudy colouration and bold patterning of this fish appear, to us, as an extravagance of beauty. To other fish, however, the masking of the eyes and the bold lineal pattern help to break-up the fishes outline against a reef backdrop.
Curiously, juveniles of the Emperor Angelfish and all other Pomacanthus species exhibit an, almost identical, indigo blue and white concentric circular body pattern. On ageing this changes dramatically into widely differing adult colour and pattern.
This painting featured in the “Animalia Ornata” exhibition at the Manning Regional Gallery in 2007.
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