Many-spined angelfish
  • Centropyge multispinis
  • EnglishName: Many-spined angelfish
    • Local Name : Kashi kokaamas
  • Size : Max. 12 cm
  • Family: POMACANTHIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 14 spines and 15-17 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 16-17 rays. Pectoral fin rays 17. Body depth 1.6-2.0 in standard length. Preorbital edge with small, subequal spines. Front of snout with a U-shaped notch over upper jaw.
  • Colour: Dark brown, almost black. Black blotch just behind upper end of gill opening. Lips, opercular spine and edges of fins brilliant, neon blue.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually seen on reef edges and slopes. A shy omnivorous species feeding on algae and associated invertebrates.
  • Distribution: Indian Ocean.
  • Remarks: Centropyge multispinis is a very common fish in Maldivian reefs, but its dark colouration and retiring habits mean that it is easily overlooked.