Pitcairn Island is among the most pristine and distant marine environments and whereas it might be the namesake of Genicanthus spinus, fortunately this fish has been discovered someplace somewhat extra accessible. The one Pitcairn Angelfish specimen was collected at Cook dinner Islands, a staggering 2,000 miles from its kind locality of Pitcairn Islands within the south Pacific Ocean. The big feminine specimen was encountered at a depth of round 60 meters, or a meager 200 toes in comparison with the a lot deeper mesophotic fish treasures discovered within the area.
It was only a couple months in the past that High quality Marine confirmed off the primary Pitcairn angelfish in America, and definitely one of many only a few to be sorted in an aquarium surroundings. There’s only a few marine life sellers with the expertise and assets to amass and situation the uncommon Pitcairn angelfish. That’s why a number of weeks in the past we traveled to liveAquaria for a beyond-rare, one on one expertise with Genicanthus spinus, the primary time we’ve ever even had the chance to see such a uncommon and unique fish.
Like all swallowtail angelfish, the juveniles and females of G. spinus are comparatively unmarked of their coloration and sample solely exhibiting a mature grownup male coloration and sample with the suitable stimulus. By conserving a number of juveniles or feminine Genicanthus collectively in a gaggle, the most important and most dominant particular person will usually change coloration and sample over a interval lasting a number of days to a couple months. Because the Pitcairn angelfish is the one one among its sort presently in captivity, it’s doubtless attainable to stimulate a intercourse change and subsequent new coloration and sample by conserving it with a gaggle of comparable smaller feminine species, which on this case the most effective candidate can be feminine Watanabe angelfish.
At this level in its life cycle, the Pitcairn Angelfish at LiveAquaria is a haunting ghostly white with a really delicate blue glow in daylight spectrum, which tends to look very blue below regular aquarium lighting. It’s not as pearly white as a masked angelfish, however it does sport a small variety of darkish markings across the fins, and a novel blueish crown which glows below the suitable angle and lighting.
Ought to its future proprietor achieve triggering the Pitcairn angelfish to change into male it should develop a collection of extensively spaced vertical black bars, with a yellow crown on the top and small black spots on the chest. Actually although, there are so few photos of male Pitcairn angelfish that we don’t even totally know or perceive what a completely grown and mature male Pitcairn angelfish may appear to be when it’s reached full stud standing.
However what is for positive is that whoever invests within the first Pitcairn angelfish within the fashionable aquarium passion, when it goes on the market within the Diver’s Den, could have an uber uncommon and unique fish which is actually deserving of being described as one among a sort.