Amphiprion ocellaris AMPOCE-061092-MUSGAR-001

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 1992 and is filed under Clownfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: AMPOCE-061092-MUSGAR-001 Date received: 6/10/92

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): 1.6

Size male (mm):51

Duration female (yr): 12

Size female (mm): 76

Broodstock notes: Female is tank raised. Male is wild.

Physical differences: Female is larger

Adult diet: Artemia, krill, flake food, Formula One® frozen food.

Pre-spawning activity: Not indicated

Time spawning began: early PM

Area spawning occurred: Inside clay tiles.

Frequency of spawning: not indicated

Egg Description: not indicated

Approximate quantity: not indicated

Size: not indicated

Egg changes / development: not indicated

Transfer / removal method: not indicated


Spawning tank size (liter): 200

Sides of tank covered? Yes

Lighting & photo period: 2 20 watt fluorescent Ultralumes®, ( 12 hours)

Filtration: Wet / dry , Skimmer

Additives and dosages: none

Water temperature: 78 F

Specific gravity: 1.022

pH: 8.3

Nitrate: none detected


Fry development / changes: Silver color at hatching; gold tone at day 6; orange tint and adult swimming patterns at day 7; day 8 staying at bottom; day 9 white band starting on head; day 10 middle band starting; day 12 aggressive behavior begins; day 20 ~6 mm.

First Food Offered: rotifers

Second Food Offered: newly hatched Artemia

Development description: Eating flake food at day 25.


Rearing tank size (liter): not indicated

Sides covered?: Yes, black

Lighting & photo period: same as spawning tank

Filtration: same as spawning tank

Additives & doses: none

Temperature: 78 F

Specific gravity: 1.022

pH: 8.3

Nitrate: none detected


Comments: Amphiprion ocellaris was also described by Cuvier, 1830 as Amphiprion melanurus, which was validated by Allen in 1991 as a synonym of A. ocellaris. In 1873 Castenlau described Amphiprion bicolor, which was also listed as a synonym of A. ocellaris by Allen in 1991.

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-rismeaning laughter (little laughing eye?). The synonym melanurus is composed of the Greek roots melan, -o, meaning black; and ur, =a, -o, meaning tail (thus black tail). The synonymn bicolormeans two colors (bi = two).

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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