Why are Angelfish called Angel Fish?

Angel fish, Pterophyllum, are a small genus of freshwater fish from the family Cichlidae. All Pterophyllum species originate from the Amazon Basin, Orinoco Basin and various rivers throughout tropical South America.

It is believed that angelfish are so named because or their shape – angelfish fins look like angel wings and cast a silhouette of an angel.

Some angel fish species have shimmering scales that reflect the light in a manner so beautiful it could be described as devine. There is no historical biblical connection to the name Angelfish however.

Angelfish are praised for their unique shape, color, and finnage, and may also be so named because of the graceful way they float around an aquarium ...like an angel.

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