The ‘hockey stick’ tomato clownfish is an interesting new aberrant clownfish recently collected by RVS Fishworld in the Philippines. It’s been a good long while since the prolific seas of this area of the Coral Triangle has fished up a nice unusual wild clownfish like today’s Amphiprion frenatus, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
The large cinnamon red tomato clownfish is otherwise unremarkable with a dusky colored body and ventral and pelvic fins almost as black as the closely related melanopus clownfish. But what sets it apart is a very broad large head bar that is super wide on the fish’s left side, but on the right side it takes a sharp left turn towards the dorsal fin like a big old hockey stick.
Or a boomerang, or an upside down ‘L’, whatever you want to call it this fish looks really neat, at least on one of its sides. Due to their pugnacious nature and muted coloration when they are mature, we don’t think there’s going to be a bidding war on this Hockey Stick tomato clownfish but whoever scores it will certainly enjoy a long lived and unique fish in their saltwater aquarium.