Friday Photospread: ORA’s New Snow Zombie Clownfish
27 Mar, 2020
“Amphiprion ocellaris Darwin “Zombie Albino”—This albino form, presumed to be a recessive trait, arose in captive-bred Black Ocellaris broodstock purchased in the early 2000s. It was discovered by Robert King and Tom Lamb. It is interesting how much black coloration develops. One normally expects about 25 percent albinos when the parents are both normally colored fish with a hidden gene; King and Lamb reported that there were roughly 70 albino and 40 normally colored siblings; this is more like 63 percent albinos. King hypothesized that the use of a larval trap pulled in mainly weaker larvae like the albinos, and this skewed the numbers.”
The Zombie Albino form of the Darwin Black Ocellaris remained an obscure, hard-to-find variant for several years, until King partnered with Florida-based Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums (ORA®) to bring the genetic variation to a mainstream audience.
Building on the Zombie Foundation
It was only a matter of time before the Zombie Albino Black Ocellaris (only offered at commercial scale starting in Fall 2019) saw its genetics leveraged into additional designer clownfish variations. The speed at which this new form was produced is remarkable, considering that it likely required two generations of breeding, using ORA’s Black Snowflake line to bring snowflake genetics into the mix.
At the 2020 Global Pet Expo, held in Orlando, Florida, ORA unveiled the fruits of their labor; a new form of the Zombie Black Albino, now carrying the Snowflake gene which causes aberrant over-development of normal stripes into unique and jagged patterns.
Meet ORA’s Snow Zombie Clownfish, as introduced at the 2020 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida.
You can learn more about the Zombie Albino genetic in these prior stories: