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SEA AND REEF RELEASES A NEW DESIGNER CLOWNFISH

Discussion in 'Ambrosio Aquatics' started by Ambrosio Aquatics, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Ambrosio Aquatics

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    Black Storm
    Name
    Black Storm


    Scientific Name:
    Amphiprion ocellaris


    Maximum Size:
    4” (10 cm)

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    Name
    Black Storm Clownfish.

    Scientific Name
    Amphiprion ocellaris

    Background & Description
    Late in 2014 we released a new strain of fish we had named the MochaVinci Clownfish. This designer clownfish was created by breeding our DaVinci Ocellaris Clownfish with our jet-Black Ocellaris Clownfish. The MochaVinci Clownfish inherited the classic swirly white pattern of the DaVinci Clownfish, but the red coloration had been replaced by a more golden and black coloration similar to that of Black Ice Clownfish and Maine Mocha Clownfish. The MochaVinci Clownfish was a hopeful first step in creating an all-black-and-white DaVinci Clownfish and our plan was to continue maintaining the classic swirly pattern of the DaVinci Clownfish. One of the MochaVinci offspring looked very different than the rest and it quickly became apparent that this was a one-in-a-million mutation (see image below).

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    One-in-a-million mutated MochaVinci Clownfish - now broodstock fish for new strain. Note that all three images are of the same fish from different angles.

    Instead of the golden coloration and swirly patterns of the MochaVincis, this single fish displayed an exaggerated white pattern that had more straight lines. Furthermore, this fish turned jet-black very early on. We initially called it the Black DaVinci Clownfish and believed we had just bypassed several generations of breeding more black into the MochaVinci line.The mutated MochaVinci clownfish was paired up with a Black Ocellaris Clownfish with the goal of creating offspring with a pattern similar to its unusual parent. During the brutal cold Maine winter of 2015 the pair laid their first nest of eggs, and shortly after we raised the offspring. It quickly became apparent that the offspring looked very different from the mutated MochaVinci Clownfish. The offspring displayed an even more exaggerated white body pattern with an almost entirely full-white face mask (see image below).

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