Amphiprion cf perideraion “Fiji”

Common Name: Fijian Skunk Anemonefish

Scientific Name: Amphiprion cf perideraion

Distribution: Fiji and Tonga

Type Locality: n/a

Identification: Body bright orange, becoming a bit duller dorsally. A thin, white stripe extends from between the eyes to the base of the caudal fin. A single vertical stripe anteriorly. The dorsal and caudal fins are translucent white in females; males sometimes with the margins colored orange. Pectoral and pelvic fins yellow; anal fin white in females.

Similar: Populations from Micronesia and Fiji are likely distinct genetically and worthy of species recognition, but are otherwise nearly identical in appearance to the West Pacific A. perideraion. In general, these two regions have fishes with a brighter orange hue than the pink shade seen in the West Pacific. The vertical stripe easily distinguishes these from the otherwise similar A. akallopisos, A. cf akallopisos and A. pacificus.

Notes: The bright orange hue of the Fijian Skunk Anemonefish is in stark contrast to the pink color that gives A. perideraion its common name. Along the northern edge of its range, this fish hybridizes with A. pacificus, with the offspring having a broken vertical stripe.