Amphiprion ephippium AMPEPH-030195-DIMROB-001

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 1995 and is filed under Clownfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: AMPEPH-030195-DIMROB-001 Date received: 3/1/95

Identification: Amphiprion ephippium (Bloch, 1790)

Geographic origin: Malaysia – Sumatra


Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)


Description: Body and fins are reddish-orange. Only juveniles have white bars. Black spot or “saddle”on the side varies in size with the individual, being smaller in sub-adults and covering most of the posterior portion of the body in mature adults. Maximum reported length is 120 mm (Fautin & Allen, 1994)


Duration male(yr): 1

Size male (mm):62

Duration female (yr):1

Size female (mm): 89

Broodstock notes: Usual clownfish behavior

Physical differences: Female is larger than male

Adult diet: Fresh and frozen shrimp, scallops, Artemia, flake foods, Formula One®;fed 3 – 4 times daily.

Pre-spawning activity: Typical clownfish behavior (male prepares nest site)

Time spawning began: 1700 – 1830 hours

Area spawning occurred: Ceramic tiles.

Frequency of spawning: 11- 14 days

Egg Description: oval mass; 25 – 37 mm

Approximate quantity: not counted

Size: not indicated

Incubation: 8 days

Time hatching occurred: 8th night

Egg changes / development: Color changed from pink to brown to clear.

Transfer / removal method: not indicated


Spawning tank size (liter): 90

Sides of tank covered? No

Lighting & photo period: 2 40 watt fluorescent daylight bulbs, ( 16 hours). ~65mm from surface. Changed as need

Filtration: Wet / dry , water changes 10% weekly. Instant Ocean ASW

Additives and dosages: Selcon®, Vita-Boost®, Vita-Chem® saturated food (alternating dosing)

Water temperature: 78 – 82 F

Specific gravity: 1.021

pH: 8.1

Nitrate: 0 – 50 ppm


Fry development / changes: Metamorphosis temperature dependant; as early as day 7 but mostly day 10. Develop 2 bands of white at metamorphosis; head and mid-body

First Food Offered: rotifers

Second Food Offered: Artemia

Survival: 50%

Development description: Long term survival is 50%. Mid-body white band is lost first then headband as fish age


Rearing tank size (liter): 37+

Sides covered? Yes, green / black

Lighting & photo period: incandescent 24 hours until day 21

Filtration: Airstones only. 50% water changes daily

Additives & doses: Selcon® and microalgae daily, enough to cloud water a “light green”.

Water temperature: 78 – 82 F

Specific gravity: 1.021

pH: 8.0

Nitrate: 0 – 50 ppm


Comments: Amphiprion ephippium was originally described as Lutjanus ephippium by Bloch in 1790 in Naturg. Ausl. Fische vol. 4; ref. 469:121, Pl. 250 (fig. 2). East Indies. On p. 98 of Bloch’s Ichthyologie, vol. 7. Valid as Amphiprion ephippium (Allen & Springer 1975). The original specimen was collected at Tranquebar, about 250 km south of Madras, India. Allen suggests this may be an erroneous locality as it is outside the known range.

Word origin: Amphiprion is from the Greek roots amph, -I, -o, meaning Around, on both sides; double, and -prion which means a saw. The genus ephippium from the Greek word ephippi, =us, meaning saddle. This species has been commonly referred to as th “Red Saddleback Anemonefish”.


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