The white bar maculosus is a curious captive strain of the classic yellow blotched Pomacanthus maculosus. The white bar mac is only available to import from a marine fish breeding enterprise in Taiwan called Marine Fish Taiwan. We are uncertain as to whether this strain is the result of select few pairs being bred or if they make up some of the offspring of the regular yellow bar maculosus angelfish that they breed. We have only seen this fish available in the U.S. for the past few months but the specimens we’ve seen have been down right gorgeous. It’s not just the bar which is white but the tail and all other formerly yellow markings have also been replaced with white. This new strain of the maculosus angelfish is still pretty rare and they command about twice the price of a regular yellow bar maculosus.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.