Dwarf Angelfish – True Shepard’s Angelfish (Centropyge shepardi)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as the Mango Angelfish, the True Shepard’s Angelfish is a dwarf Angelfish species that is native to the coral reefs in remote areas of the Western Pacific such as the Mariana Islands, Ogasawara and the Izu Islands of Japan.

Quick stats – True Shepard’s Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Guam
Max size 3.5” / 8.89 cm
Aquarium Min 70 gallon / 265 liters
Water 74-79° F / 23-27° C

dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.5

sg. 1021-1.025
Care level Moderate
Behaviour Semi-aggressive
Diet Omnivore
Family Pomacanthidae
Colors Blue, orange
Lifespan Up to 5 years

True Shepard’s Angelfish description

This species is most often confused with the Coral Beauty Angelfish due to their striking resemblance in appearance and coloration. However, the Shepard’s Angelfish has a less blue and purple coloration that is rather more prominent in the Coral Beauty Angelfish.

It is often argued that the Coral Beauty Angelfish is a blue fish with orange coloration, on the contrary; the True Shepard’s Angelfish is an orange fish with blue coloration.

Most of the True Shepard’s Angelfish has a bright orange and yellow coloration with a contrasting purple to blue color that sports a thin perimeter of the back, dorsal and anal fins. The upper half of their body is decorated with bold blue vertical bars.

True Shepard’s Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

True Shepard’s Angelfish - Centropyge shephardi

Setting up the best tank for the True Shepard’s Angelfish will require a minimum of 70 gallons/265 liters or more with lots of live rocks to facilitate the growth of algae upon which they would graze. The tank should have lots of open spaces to allow for the free swimming of these species.

The True Shepard’s Angelfish are reef safe fish, provided they are often fed properly and have plenty of live rock to graze. This way you can ensure they will not bother the precious corals sessile, invertebrates and clam mantles.

True Shepard’s Angelfish feeding

True Shepard’s Angelfish are good eaters with a good appetite. They are omnivores and should be fed with a variety of meaty and vegetable matters. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp, other high quality prepared foods and a lot of marine algae and many other prepared Angelfish foods are among the best food for True Shepard’s Angelfish.