Clown Anemonefish, Pemuteran (Bali, Indonesia)

Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula

This cute “Nemo” seems to be Amphiprion percula, a species not supposed to live in Bali. This is what a clownfish scientist told me about:

“It’s true it looks like a A.¬†percula, but the patterns are strange. It makes me think of the “onyx percula” strain. There are some that are caught in the wild (I have one from the Solomon islands in my phylogeny and it looks like its just a weird mutant and not a sub-species or something like that). Apparently it has become fashionable to breed fish that looks like that and it seems that it’s quite easy. This leads me to think that ocellaris/percula can change quite easily their coloration patterns just by random mutations or selection if it’s an aquarium”


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