Quality Marine announced that the first captive bred clarion Angel (Holacanthus clarionensis) in North America is available for sale. According to the company, the fish came from a captive breeding program at Bali Aquarich in Indonesia where it grew to a size suitable for sale. It then traveled to the United Kingdom and is now at Quality Marine in Southern California.
Holacanthus clarionensis has a limited distribution in the wild, where it inhabits shallow water tropical reefs in the western hemisphere, from the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, to the Clipperton Island in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is currently on the IUCN Red List as a vulnerable species.
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The clarion angel grows to just under 8 inches and can be territorial as juveniles. They have been seen cleaning large rays in the wild and have been observed in large groups. They are known to feed heavily on sponge matter, with some aquarists reporting color fading in the fish if it isn’t fed sponge matter on a continual basis, according to Quality Marine. No word has been given as to the price of this captive bred, IUCN Red listed fish. For more information, visit /redirect.aspx?location=www.qualitymarine.com