Amphiprion cf chrysopterus “Polynesia”

Common Name: Polynesian Bluestripe Anemonefish

Scientific Name: Amphiprion cf chrysopterus

Distribution: Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Pitcairn, Phoenix Islands

Type Locality: n/a

Identification: Caudal fin orange; all other fins orange. Body mostly brown. Two thin stripes, often tinged blue. The anterior stripe usually not connected dorsally.

Similar: The brown color of this fish is similar to the brown morph of others in the chrysopterus group, but the fins are more brightly colored. The Fijian and Mariana A. cf chrysopterus is typically much darker and with thicker stripes. Populations from Micronesia and Vanuatu have a white caudal fin, in addition to being darker and with thicker stripes.

Notes: The precise distribution of this population is poorly understood. Those from the South Pacific tend to be the lightest in color, while those from the Phoenix Islands can be quite dark and similar to the nearby Fijian population. There are no records from either the Line or Marquesas Islands, but it could be expected to occur in either. Aquarium specimens are rarely, if ever, collected. Brown morphs of this fish are often quite common.