Centropyge loriculus CENLOR-091093-CQUEST-002

This entry was posted on Friday, September 10th, 1993 and is filed under Angelfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID:CENLOR-091093-CQUEST-002

Date received: 9/10/93

Identification: Centropyge loriculus (Günther 1874)

Geographic origin: Indo-Pacific

Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes

Order Perciformes Superorder Teleostei

Family Pomacanthidae

Genus Centropyge

Species loriculus (Günther 1874) 

Duration male(yr): 2

Size male (mm): varies

Duration female 1 (yr): 2

Size female 1(mm):var

Broodstock notes: Have 20 pairs (combined reports for Centropyge. argi, C. bicolor, C. loriculus, C. tibicen)

Physical differences: Males are larger

Adult diet: Fresh seafood and algae. Fed 4 times per day

Pre-spawning activity: Chasing in evenings

Time spawning began: dusk  

Area spawning occurred: open water column

Frequency of spawning: nightlyEgg description:very small, spherical, transparent

Approximate quantity: 100-250 Size:not indicated

Egg changes / development: not observed

Incubation period: 15 – 18 hours

Time hatching occurred: AM (1000 hrs)

Size of hatching larvae: not indicated

Yolk sac present?: yes

Newly hatched appearance: Very, very small, long and colorless. Difficult to see

Transfer / removal method: Caught in filter bag

Spawning tank size (liter): 75

Sides of tank covered? Yes

Lighting & photoperiod: natural

Filtration: Mechanical, biological, UV, diatomaceous earth.

Additives and dosages: none

Water temperature (F): 70 – 95

Specific gravity: 1.024

pH: 8.1

Nitrate: 0 – 0.1 ppm

Fry development / changes: larvae float on or near surface for 4 days prior to feeding

First food offered: diatoms (from gut analysis)


1st week(%): 5%

2nd week: 0%

Development description: Color shows on day 4, long and thin

Comments: Have not successfully reared. No larvae survive past 9 days

Word origin: Centr, -I, -o (Greek). The center; a point, spur. pygm, (Greek) dwarf. The common name “Pygmy” or Dwarf” angel is apparent from the word root pygm. Centro may be in reference to the spine (spur) at the angle (The center) of the preopercle. The genus loriculus appears to be a combination of lori, (Malayan), a parrot, and -cul, =a, =um, =us (Latin), little. The Lori is a brilliant red parrot and again a word root (-culus) indicates something small.

The common name is “Flame Angel” which is attributed to the brilliant red color.

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission. All rights reserved. 1993

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