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Species Name: Centropyge shepardi

Authority: Randall & Yasuda, 1979

Common Name: Shepard's Pygmy Angelfish

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Marshall, Marianas, and Gilbert Islands

Size: 5 inches – 12 cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits rock and rubble areas and found in small harem-type social structures at a depth of 30 to 185 feet (10 – 60 m)

General Husbandry: Prefer a temperature of 72 - 82°F (22 – 28°C) and natural diet consists mainly of algae. In fact, they need large amounts of plant matter in their diet. Yet accepts a wide variety of foods including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, and flake food (especially Spirulina). Needs numerous feeding per day. Possibly, a bare bottom tank containing much coral rubble and rocks forming caves and crevices might be the best environment for this fish. Reason being they also feed on detritus, and bare bottom tanks make it easier for them to access areas containing this medium. It’s also quite easy to occasionally clean areas under loosely stacked rock and rubble in bare bottom tanks with the flow from a powerhead.

Aquarium Suitability: May nip corals and other sessile invertebrates

Potential Controller Of:
Enteromorpha prolifera
Enteromorpha linza
Enteromorpha intestinalis
Enteromorpha compressa
Derbesia marina
Derbesia species 2
Derbesia species 1
Ulva rigida (Sea Lettuce)
Ulva lactuca
Boodlea species
Oscillatoria sp. 2
Oscillatoria sp. 1
Diatoms Stringy Growth
Diatom Coating

Shepard's Pygmy Angelfish (Centropyge shepardi) Photo Credit:Bob Fenner

Photo Credit: Bob Fenner

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