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Regal Angelfish

Regal Angelfish
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikkormat EL & Ikelite housing, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Exposure: 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Exotic marine life, Fishes from around the world, The Red Sea, Underwater World #2, Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 22:18
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Regal Angelfish
Pygoplites diacanthus (Boddaert, 1772)

The Regal Angelfish can be recognised by the alternating yellow and black-edged white bars on the body. The soft part of the dorsal fin is blue with black scribbles. The anal fin has yellow and blue stripes. The caudal fin is yellow.

It has a strong preopercular spine that is characteristic of the Angelfish family Pomacanthidae
Juvenile Regal Angelfish are similar to the adults, but are more orange than yellow, and have a distinct ocellus on the soft dorsal fin.

This species grows to 25 cm in length.
Regal Angelfish inhabit coral reefs and lagoons that have abundant coral growth. They are commonly found near caves and ledges. This fish is often seen in pairs or as solitary individuals and rarely in small groups. Juveniles are secretive, using coral crevices and cracks for shelter.

It is found in depths from 1m to 48m.
The Regal Angelfish feeds on sponges, sea squirts and salps.

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific, from East Africa and the Red Sea, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Tuamoto Islands.

In Australia it is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia around the tropical north of the country, and south to southern New South Wales.

View a map of the collecting localities of specimens in the Australian Museum Fish Collection.

Source: http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/pdiacanth.htm

Technical data:

Camera : Nikkormat EL
Accessory-1 : Ikelite camera housing with flat port
Lens : 55mm f :3.5 Micro-Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded
Shutter speed : Not recorded
Filter: None
Flash : Vivitar 285
Accessory-2 : Ikelite flash housing
Tripod : None
Film : Ektachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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To gerhardt: I am to big for my aquarium ;o)Athila 2 12-14 17:46
To sandpiper2: Good work Chris!Athila 1 12-01 08:35
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Crisp detail and vivid colors, nice work again.


Hi Alain,
Some eye popping color in this shot. Excellent detail, DOF, and clarity in the water. Outstanding photo!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-29 23:19]

Another super underwater shot Alain, and the colours are brilliant. Well done.

I love all your dive photos, I used to dive years ago but never attempt to photograph what I saw, too bad!

Brilliant colors, well seen,


Beautiful photo. Your flatbed scanner is doing a good job as I see.

Regards, Petru

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-30 2:11]

Hello Alain!
Magnificent underwater close up.Vivid colors,framing,clear details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-30 3:07]

Just beautifull Alain! Such colours could be found only underwater, around coral reefs, I think.

Hi Alain,
Amazing capture!
Beautiful colours, and great details.

Well its a beautiful fish and the exposure is excellnt. The fish on top is slightly distracting and I was going show you how to improve the image, but you don't allow workshops.

Very Vivid "electric" colors with great detail Alain. Good use of flash. Very beautiful this angel. Excellent notes also..Well done & Thank you!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-30 8:32]

Hi, fantastic celebration of colour in nature.
Good colros, light and exposure. Good work.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hi Alain.
The colours are amazing. Well composed and good POV.
Good job with the scanning.
Very well done.

Hi Alain, Nice shot of this beautiful Angelfish, it would have been double bonus if you got the full Wrasse in the picture as well. :)

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-12-01 22:21]

Linda foto!!! (beautiful)
Cores, nitidez e contraste.
Uma ótima composição. Muito bom trabalho!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-07 1:53]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Alain.

Hi Alain
You have a very nice portfolio of beutiful creatures, some that I would never get the chance to nail, like our friend here, above. Very nicely done, magic colours, TFS

I love the underwater captures. Mainly becqause it's something I don't get to see often. The colors are amazing. I am ou tof my depth in critiquing these photos but figure it must be even harder to keep everthing "steady" down there. Was this taken in an aquarium or open waters??

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-28 11:19]

Very good colors and details on that one, it's crisp and clear. Well done again !

Hi Alain,
This is an excellent capture
This is one of my favorite fish - it is so beautiful.
TFS - Shir

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-03-30 19:40]

Bonjour Alain, Quelles belles couleurs ce poisson. C'est vraiment un ange de poisson. Belle composition, couleurs et détails superbes. Donald

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-04-02 21:45]

Un autre joli spécimen sous-marin. L'image est très nette et bien exposée. La saturation des couleurs est éclatante. La composition me semble bien équilibrée. Bravo pour cette belle image sous-marine.

beautiful specimen.les colors is beautiful and good clearness.
thank you

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-30 7:40]

beautiful and colorful! very well done. tfs

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