Very special thanks for the photo of this beautyful Amphiprion ocellaris "Darwin" to Soren Hansen von Sea & Reef Aquaculture.
The Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish is a variant of the common clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris. This beautiful color morph is jet black with white stripes and is found naturally only in a confined geographic area around Darwin, North Australia. We are honoring this fact by keeping the name “Darwin ocellaris Clownfish”. There is limited import of this species from the wild, but thanks to captive breeding efforts this species is now commonly available. We have carefully selected high quality broodstock fish and selectively bred for perfect body profile and very black coloration. The Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish we produce are known for being of exceptionally good quality and turn jet black very early. Even though the Darwin ocellaris looks very different than the regular ocellaris they behavior and feeding habits are very similar.
Captive bred clownfish do not need an anemone to survive in a reef tank.
However, keeping clownfish with an anemone fosters a symbiotic relationship that is fascinating to observe.
In their natural environment Darwin ocellaris clownfish will host in Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica) or Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii).
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacentridae (Family) > Amphiprion (Genus) > Amphiprion ocellaris (Species)