A recent, expansive phylogenetic analysis of the damselfishes creates new genera and relegates others to the dustbin. One of the most notable changes: Premnas, the monotypic genus containing the charismatic Maroon Clownfish or Spinecheek Anemonefish, has finally fallen by the wayside. No longer shall we know our Maroon Clownfishes as Premnas biaculeatus; they are now, for the moment, all considered Amphiprion biaculeatus.
It pays to remember that the difference in pricing between a captive-bred Gold Nugget, Gold Flake, or Gold Stripe Maroon is simply one of supply and demand. Underneath the differences in appearance caused by possibly one mutant gene, they’re all the same easy-to-care-for fish.
Matt Pedersen illustrates 3 biogeographic populations of Maroon Clownfish, as well as investigating the variations (or lack thereof) within the Ocellaris/Percula species complex.
Matt Pedersen takes another look at two well-known clownfish varieties and asks, “are these overlooked species”?
A breeder’s look at the various types of wild and captive-bred hybrid clownfish varieties, and the benefits, and dangers, they represent.