During the study comparative age determinations were performed on a total of 243 fish samples by using the operculum suboperculum preoperculum interoperculum and vertebrae bony structures.
Then bony structures (operculum suboperculum preoperculum interoperculum and vertebrae) were
The highest agreement was between operculum and suboperculum with 99.59%.
The genus Centropyge has been traditionally defined (see Weber and De Beaufort, 1936: 159; Fraser-Bruner, 1933) as relatively small angelfishes (usually < 10 cm SL) with the following combination of features: scales large, usually 50 or less in lateral row between upper operculum and caudal fin base, arranged in more or less regular transverse rows; interoperculum relatively small and serrate, remote from suboperculum
; hindmargin of preorbital free, prominently serrate or with strong spines; interorbital width equal to or less than eye; scales on operculum in five or fewer transverse rows.