The Atlantic angelfish is often mistaken for a stingray because of its flattened, triangular body. However, this fish does not look like a stingray because its gill slits are laterally located and create a deep notch between the head and pectoral fin. The Atlantic angelfish shark has a brownish-blueish-gray coloration on its back and a whitish coloration on its belly, as well as a mid-dorsal row of teeth. The large mouth is terminal, and each tooth has a broad base with a long, pointed central tooth. The pectoral fins are not attached to the body posteriorly, and Atlantic angelfish swim with almost no use of them.
In the western Atlantic, they inhabit from southern New England to the Gulf of Mexico, also occur near Jamaica, Nicaragua and Venezuela. They occur less frequently off southern Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico. In summer, they are often found off the coast of the mid-Atlantic.
Growing up to 5 feet in length, Atlantic angelfish bite when caught and can inflict wounds.
Life history and Behavior
Food and feeding habits
|Conservation status||Least Concern|
|Life span, years||No information|
|Maximum body weight, kg||16|
|Maximum length, cm||150|
|Sailing speed, m/s||No information|
|Threat to people||Edible|
|Way of eating||Predator|