Angelfish, a group of tropical fish known for the beauty and diversity of their coloration. These fish are found in shallow tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Almost all species have elaborate patterns on their bodies formed by a combination of colors, such as blue, yellow, white, and black. The blue angelfish, French angelfish, and green angelfish are popular aquarium fish. Juvenile forms of many species differ from the adults in coloration.

AngelfishAngelfish have elaborate patterns on their bodies formed by a combination of colors.

An angelfish has a body that is flattened from side to side and a small mouth with many small teeth. Several species have elongated snouts. Angelfish range from two inches to two feet (5 to 60 cm) in length, depending on the species. In some tropical areas, angelfish are eaten by humans.

The scalare, often called "freshwater angelfish," is not a true angelfish. It is native to rivers and lakes of tropical South America. Its maximum length is six inches (IS cm). It is silvery with four vertical black bands, and is one of the most popular aquarium fishes.

The blue angelfish is Holacanthus bermudensis; the French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru; the queen angelfish, H. ciliaris. All belong to the family Pomacanthidae.

The scalare is Pterophyllum scalare of the family Cichlidae.

The angelfishThe angelfish has a flattened body and a small mouth with many small teeth.