The recent, brief exportation of the Oman Clownfish, Amphiprion omanensis, paved the way for one of the elusive, increasingly rare opportunities to breed a clownfish species for the first time. This week, Tom Verhoeven at De Jong Marinelife in Spijk, Gelderland, Netherlands, has claimed victory in this exclusive race.
No one could have predicted this latest captive-breeding first, particularly since the White Damselfish, Dischistodus perspicillatus, isn’t even generally in the aquarium trade anyway! In fact, it is even a genus-level first for marine fish aquaculture and breeding success!
They’re so commonplace that one might have assumed that it had already been done, but we had to wait until 2023 for someone to successfully breed the Lawnmower Blenny, Salarias fasicatus, and actually publish the news! You can get them directly from The Biota Group!
Damsels from the genus Neopomacentrus are perhaps a bit underrated, and the announcement of captive-breed offerings from Biota gives us another opportunity to talk about these Lyretail Damselfishes.