Amphiprion ocellaris AMPOCE-100509-WARCLI-009

This entry was posted on Monday, October 5th, 2009 and is filed under Clownfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: AMPOCE-100509-WARCLI-009 Date posted: 10/3/2009

Identification: Amphiprion ocellaris (Cuvier, 1830)

Common name: Common Clownfish (this report describes Black and White Ocellaris)

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)  

Description: Normally orange body (orange replaced by black in this spawning pair) with three distinct white body stripes (or bars ); the head stripe is anterior to the eye and continues down across the preoperculum. The body stripe extends from between the spinous (anterior) and soft-rayed portion of the dorsal through the body to the abdomen just in front of the anal fin with the center of the stripe “bulging” towards the head.
The tail stripe covers the caudal peduncle. The stripes have narrow black margins. The fins are rimmed in black just prior to a small non-pigmented edge. A. ocellaris is commonly confused with A. percula which is “shorter” in height (A. Percula is 3.1 – 3.3 in head-length compared to 2.1 – 2.9 head-length for A. ocellaris). Additionally A. ocellaris has 11 dorsal spines (rarely 10) compared to A. percula having 10 dorsal spines (rarely 9). Maximum size is listed by most sources at 90 mm – 95 mm, however, Burgess, 1988, lists 150 mm. Females are typically larger than the male.

Distribution is from the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago, Philippines, southward to northwestern Australia and northward to the Ryukyu Islands. The symbiotic relationship of clownfishes is well documented and this species is found with Heteractis magnifica (Qouy & Gaimard, 1833), Stichodactyla gigantea (Forsskål, 1775) and S. mertensii (Brandt, 1835).

Length of time in captivity male: not reported

Size male (mm): not reported

Length of time in captivity female: 1 year

Size female (mm): 63 (2.5 inches)

Physical differences: None other than size (male is smaller) Photo:

Adult diet: PE Mysis shrimp, 1 time daily

Location of spawning: Live rock, next to anemone

Approximate quantity: 250 eggs

Size: not indicated

Incubation period: 9 days

Time hatching occurred: 10:30 PM

Larvae attracted to light? Yes

Transfer / removal method: I tried two methods, neither of which worked very well; a plastic cup and a plastic cooking ladle. It took me about 45 minutes to collect all of them.  

Spawning tank size (liter): 106 liters (28 gallons), 61x36x46cm (24x14x18 inches)

Sides of tank covered? Back is painted black

Filtration: HOT Protein Skimmer

Pumping volume: 650 gallons per hour

Type of seawater used: Synthetic – Oceanic or Reef Crystals

Volume / Frequency of water changes: 5 gallons / 2 weeks

Specific gravity: 1.025, measured by refractometer

Source of make-up water: Reverse Osmosis/Deionized

Temperature: 26&deg C., 78&deg F.

Fluctuation: 3&deg F.

Lighting & photo period: #1 – T5 HO, 48 watts, 10 hours #2 – T5 HO, 13 watts, 13 hours, ~ 20 cm (8 inches) from organism, changed as needed, < once per year


Fry appearance: Yok sac present

First Food Offered: Rotifers (Branchionus plicatilis), 3 times per day

Second Food Offered: Otohime A at day 8, 3 times per day.

Survival: Week 1 – 60; Week 2 – 45

Development description: Metamorphosis 10 days after hatch 

Rearing tank size (liter): 21 (5.5 gallons)

Specific gravity: 1.024, measured by refractometer

Source of seawater: parent tank

Temperature: 26&deg C., 79&deg F.

Fluctuation: 2&deg F.

pH: 8, measured by pH probe

Sides or Back covered?: Yes, black

Lighting & photo period: #1 – Compact Fluorescent (CF) bulb, 13 watt, 15 hours, #2 – Halogen spot light, 15 watts, 15 hours

Filtration: Sponge filter added at week 2  

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.


Amphiprion melanurus, Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830:400 in Hist. Nat. Poiss. v. 5; ref.
999, From a single (Holotype ) specimen also collected in Sumatra, Indonesia. Synonym of
Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier 1830 (Allen 1991:237 [ref. 19344]).

Amphiprion bicolor, Castelnau 1873:92 in Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Victoria v. 2; ref. 758. From a single (Holotype) specimen collected near Darwin, Northern Terr., Synonym of Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier 1830 (Allen 1991:237 [ref. 19344]).

Vernacular name: Common clownfish, Ocellaris clownfish, Anemone Demoiselle, False Clown Anemonefish and False percula clownfish (Black and White Ocellaris described in this report).

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 (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 synonym bicolor means two colors (bi = two).

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