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Phrase: "I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harp?"

Scientific Name: Pterophyllum Altum

Family: Cichlidae - Cichlids

Time of Year: May to October

Time of Day: 4pm to 9am

Location: River

Shadow Size: Small

Selling Price: 3,000 Bells

Museum Info Edit

"These tropical fish move very gracefully because of long fins on their backs and underbellies. Males and females are almost impossible to tell apart, making identification tricky. They lay eggs among water plants. Both genders look after the babies while they cling to weeds. The young look like any other fish, but they gain their angelfish looks once they leave the weeds."

Appearance in Reality & Fun Facts Edit

The Angelfish is White and Black.

Also referred to as the Altum AngelfishDeep Angelfish, or Orinoco Angelfish, these species is the largest and rarest of the genus and specimens exceeding 50 cm in height (from tip of dorsal to tip of anal fin) have been reported in the wild; in aquariums, specimens are known to have grown to over 40 cm. They occur strictly in the Orinoco River Basin and the Upper Rio Negro watershed in Southern Venezuela, Southeastern Colombia and extreme Northern Brazil. It is the national fish of Venezuela and an image of the fish appears on some currency bills of that country.

Angelfish are ambush predators and prey on small fish and vertebrates. It's natural base color is silver but with three brownish/red vertical stripes and red striations into the fins. They prefer to spawn on submerged roots and tree branches in a moderate water current.