Cortez Angelfish

(Pomacanthus zonipectus)

Pomacanthus zonipectus, commonly known as the Cortez angelfish or the zoned angelfish, is a species of marine angelfish belonging to the family Pomacanthidae. Here are some key characteristics and information about this species:

  1. Distribution: Cortez angelfish are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean, specifically along the coast of Mexico, from the Gulf of California southward to Panama. They inhabit rocky reefs and areas with abundant crevices and caves.
  2. Appearance: This angelfish has a striking appearance with a dark body coloration that can vary from deep blue to black, accented by bright blue vertical bands or zones running horizontally along the body. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are typically outlined in bright blue or white, adding to its distinctive look.
  3. Size: They can grow up to around 30 cm (12 inches) in length, making them relatively large angelfish.
  4. Behavior: Cortez angelfish are generally solitary or found in pairs. They are omnivorous, feeding on a diet that includes algae, sponges, tunicates, and small invertebrates. In the wild, they play a role in controlling populations of marine organisms and contribute to the biodiversity of their habitat.