IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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  Common names: angelfish (English), muñeca (Espanol)
Holacanthus limbaughi Baldwin, 1963

Clipperton angelfish

Deep compressed body; a small mouth with brush-like teeth; preopercle with large spine at its angle, with vertical margin serrated; bone between preopercle and operculum with 1-4 large spines; bone under eye without large, rear-pointing spines;  a single, un- notched dorsal fin, XIV, 17-18;  anal rays III,17-18; dorsal and anal fins end in filaments; tail straight; lateral line weakly developed, ends under end of soft dorsal fin; large (45-48 in lateral series) regularly arranged, very rough scales with distinct ridges on the exposed part, scales extend out onto the median fins.

Blue-grey; whitish tail fin; a small (~ eye-sized) white spot on upper side above tip of pectoral fin; margins of dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins electric blue;  juveniles  grey-brown with about 7 narrow blue bars, including two on head.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Habitat: coral reefs.

Depth: 2-100 m.

Known only from Clipperton Island.


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