Holacanthus africanus also known as the Guinean angelfish or Africanus Angelfish is one of the true gems from the Western Coast of Africa (Tropical Eastern Atlantic, Cape Verde to Angola - including the Canary Islands, south to the Republic of Kongo) and endemic to this region. Rarely collected for the aquarium trade it is still one of the rarest Angelfish found in reefers tanks around the world.
The Guinean angelfish is most attractive as a tiny juvenile, with much more blue than is shown in the picture above. The coloration of adults is even more muted, but still retain some classic elegance, and some people find them attractive simply due to their rarity in the trade.
The Guinean angelfish is considered semi-reef safe and peaceful with other species of fish about the same size. They should not be kept together with other angelfish. Holacanthus africanus does best in aquariums utilizing Live Rock for filtration and/or decoration. It will spend much of its time picking algae and other organisms off of the rock. As an omnivorous it is best feed with small food items of many types, Mysids would be a good starter food.
Synonym: Holocanthus africanus (Cadenat, 1951)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Holacanthus (Genus) > Holacanthus africanus (Species)