Mike Tyson’s Clownfish

No, I’m not making that up. The Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)… AKA Nemo… was originally named after Mike Tyson. This is a verifiable fact, and, what’s more, today is this fish’s birthday. So please join me in wishing Mike Tyson’s Clownfish the very best on this special day. Now, I should probably clarify that statement a tiny bit. The illustration you see above is one … Continue reading Mike Tyson’s Clownfish

Anemonefish Evolution — What Does The DNA Say?

To best understand the evolutionary history of an organism, one has to delve into the nitty gritty of its nucleic acids. Fortunately, anemonefishes have been investigated in considerable detail using molecular techniques, providing us with an intimate glimpse into their complex interrelationships. But no two studies ever seem to tell quite the same story, and there are often major discrepancies between what the DNA tells us and what we see in their biogeography. So let’s examine some of the major published works on Amphiprion and attempt to find consensus. Continue reading “Anemonefish Evolution — What Does The DNA Say?”

Hoards Of Amphiprion tricinctus Filmed At Kwajalein

Today’s creature feature is a lovely video of the Three-band Anemonefish (Amphiprion tricinctus) which was taken in Kwajalein’s sandy inner lagoon at a depth of 40 feet. This incredible red Haddon’s Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) was documented over the course of three years and was always observed with a robust gathering of A. tricinctus among its tentacles. Continue reading “Hoards Of Amphiprion tricinctus Filmed At Kwajalein”

Gorgeous Video Of Amphiprion japonicus

The subtropical reefs of Japan’s main islands are home to an interesting mix of fishes. Many of the species found here are widespread across the West or Central Pacific, but, in addition, there are also quite a few fishes which occur here and nowhere else. Some prominent examples include the Japanese Butterflyfish (Chaetodon nippon) and the Wrought Iron Butterflyfish (Chaetodon daedelmus) and the beautiful Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta), though this last example is also known from some of the northernmost reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. Continue reading “Gorgeous Video Of Amphiprion japonicus”