ORA has another first under its belt with the release of the new ORA Black Neon Dottyback at MACNA in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this week. After successfully producing the neon dottyback (P. aldabraensis) and Springeri dottyback (P. springeri) for more than a decade, ORA started working on the hybrid between the two resulting in the Pseudochromis aldabraensis x Springeri hybrid we see today.
The coloration are subtle but majestic on these little fish but before you run out and get your fins on one of these note they are pretty pugnacious fish and might not be the best fit for every aquarium. If you have some other dottybacks, damsels, tangs or other fish that aren’t subject to bullying, this fish would be a great fit.
This is the second Pseudochromis hybrid from ORA after the original Indigo dottyback. After noting the similarities in morphology and behavior with the Neon and Springeri Dottybacks, they put the thinking hats on and started the quest to pair the fish up and work on the hybrid. Once they succeeded, the resulting hybrid has traits from both species and the unique ability to change coloration on its flanks from nearly jet black to a rust color, depending on mood and environment.