Some common aquarium clownfish species have bars or stripes that can be a little thinner or a little wider than usual. But none of them can compare to this wild caught Clarki clownfish which was recently discovered sporting exceptionally wide bars.
Collected near the Mindanao Island in the southern region of the Philippines by Son’s Aquarium Fish Trading, this Amphiprion clarki is definitely out of the ordinary. The unusual clarki clownfish specimen is sporting some bars that are much more prominent than they should be for the species.
The center mid-stripe of the Clarki clownfish is notably much wider than normal, and is much more reminiscent of a widebar clownfish, Amphiprion latezonatus from much further south around Australia. The head and tail stripes are also particularly wide making this fish an ideal broodstock specimen.
A clownfish breeder interested at trying their hand to develop this fish into a unique strain of clarki clownfish could definitely have some interesting results, especially since this fish is wild-caught. The whole back half of the fish is already nearly completely white, so it would be very interesting to see what future generations of this fish could do in the right breeding program.
Or you could just put it in a regular aquarium and enjoy the fish for what it is, a very specially patterned Clarki clownfish.