ORA Midnight and Domino Clownfish releasedPosted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 10:07 am by Reef Tools
Shortly after revealing their captive bred mandarins, Oceans Reefs and Aquariums (ORA) has announced the release of their latest clownfish species, the ORA Midnight Clownfish, and the ORA Domino Clownfish.
Similar in shape to their famous orange “naked” clownfish, ORA has cooked up an all black Ocellaris, cleverly named the ORA Midnight Clownfish. This species lacks any markings, and has just a hint of orange on it’s face, which is reported to disappear with age. The ORA Domino Clownfish, is an occasional mutation of the Midnight Clown, and are distinguished by a white dot on their cheek.
Here is the official press release from ORA:
ORA Introduces the Midnight Clown
Last month at Global Pet Expo 2010 we unveiled our newest designer clownfish. The ORA Midnight Clown is an all black clown with no stripes. It is the result of a natural mutation found in ORA’s grow-out systems and was selectively bred over the past year.
While maybe not for purists, we are sure that clownfish aficionados will be thrilled with this newest entry, and a devoted collector could now have an all-orange, a near all-white and an all-black ocellaris clownfish.
Just as with the natural Black Ocellaris variation, the Midnight Clown starts out life with an orange color that turns black as it ages. The new Midnights available from ORA have almost completely transformed to black, but may have a touch of their juvenile orange left. They will finish becoming all black as they reach maturity. The offspring run the gamut from being completely naked to uniquely patterned extreme misbars.
Occasionally we find Midnight Clowns with cheek dots and taking Julian Sprung’s advice, we’re nicknaming those “Dominos.” This exceptional color morph is yet another example of the power of selective breeding in aquaculture.