Amphiprion ocellaris AMPOCE-021093-HUFJER-002

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 1993 and is filed under Clownfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: AMPOCE-021093-HUFJER-002

Date received: 2/10/93

Identification: Amphiprion ocellaris (Cuvier, 1830)

Geographic origin: Indo-Pacific


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

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes

Order Perciformes Superorder Teleostei

Family Pomacentridae

Genus Amphiprion

Species ocellaris (Cuvier, 1830)


Duration male(yr): 2

Size male (mm):45

Duration female (yr): 2

Size female (mm): 58

Physical differences: Female is larger in both girth and length, as well as being more aggressive.

Adult diet: Flake and floating pellets (Wardley® ), live and frozen brine shrimp, freeze dried krill.

Pre-spawning activity: Both cleaned spawning site approximately 50 cm diameter, 2 – 3 days prior to spawning. Defended territory.

Time spawning began: AM & PM

Area spawning occurred: Cleaned site at base of ritterii anemone.

Frequency of spawning: 12 – 16 days

Egg Description: Laid in rows. Golden orange with white dot at top end.

Approximate quantity: not indicated

Size: ~1.0 mm

Egg changes / development: Becoming more brown by day 2 – 3; eyes visible day 4 – 5

Transfer / removal method: not indicated


Spawning tank size (liter): 400

Sides of tank covered? Yes

Lighting & photo period: 2 175 watt MH 5500 K ( 10 hours), 1 – 40 watt flourescent actinic (10 hours)

Filtration: Wet / dry with GAC & ChemPure®. Skimmer, denitrator

Additives and dosages: Liquid Gold®

Water temperature: 78 F

Specific gravity: 1.024

pH: 8.4

Nitrate: none detected


Fry development / changes: Size ~ 7.0 mm by day 7

First Food Offered: rotifers

Second Food Offered: newly hatched Artemia , fed twice daily

Survival First Week (%): 30%

Development description: No noticeable change in color after first week


Rearing tank size (liter): 55

Sides covered?: Yes, cardboard

Lighting & photo period:

Filtration: sponge filters, airstones

Additives & doses: methylene blue, 2 drops/gallon

Water temperature: 78 F

Specific gravity: 1.024

pH: 8.4

Nitrate: none detected


Comments: This is the fourth batch of eggs since Dec 25, 1992

Original description: Cuvier first described Amphiprion ocellaris in 1830 in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830:399 in the Hist. Nat. Poiss. V.5 reference 999, from a specimen collected in Sumatra, Indonesia. Validated by Ida in Masuda et al., 1984 and Allen in 1991 as a synonym of
A. ocellaris.

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 ocellaris is confusing; the Latin root o, meaning an egg; cell, -a, -I, meaning a cell; or perhaps ocell, =us, meaning little eye and -ris
meaning laughter.

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission.All rights reserved. 1997

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