Amphiprion cf chrysopterus “Mariana”

Common Name: Mariana Bluestripe Anemonefish

Scientific Name: Amphiprion cf chrysopterus

Distribution: Guam, Saipan and north through the Mariana Islands. Possibly strays to the Philippines.

Type Locality: n/a

Identification: Caudal fin orange; all other fins orange. Body mostly black. Two well-developed stripes, often tinged blue. The anterior stripe usually well-connected dorsally.

Similar: Essentially identical to the population of A. cf chrysopterus from the Fijian ecoregion, as both have entirely orange fins. Elsewhere in Micronesia,  A. chrysopterus has a white caudal fin. In Melanesia, A. cf chrysopterus has black ventral fins. In Polynesia, A. cf chrysopterus has thinner stripes and a lighter body, as well as a yellow caudal fin.

Notes: This distinctive species has never been scientifically named, and it is seemingly absent from the aquarium trade (a similar fish from Fiji is, however, quite abundantly seen).