Emperor Angelfish (species: Pomacanthus imperator) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pomacanthus imperator
Emperor Angelfish

©Barbara Banks: Pomacanthus imperator at Yonge Reef

©Anne Hoggett: Pomacanthus imperator at No Name Reef near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Juvenile Pomacanthus imperator near the outer crest of Ribbon Reef 10 near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Pomacanthus
Species Pomacanthus imperator



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon; seen more frequently at the outer reef.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Puglisi, M.P., V.J. Paul and M. Slattery (2000). Biogeographic comparisons of chemical and structural defenses of the Pacific gorgonians Anella mollis and A. reticulata, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 207: 263-272. LIRS catalog number 631.