Fiji Barberi Clownfish Information
The world-renowned fish expert Dr. Gerald R. Allen has described Amphiprion Barberi Clownfish in June’s issue of the International Journal of Ichthyology. In the past, this species was believed to be a variation in color that of Cinnamon Clownfish ( Amphiprion melanopus) that is found in large numbers throughout the Pacific Ocean. Barberi Clownfish can be distinguished from Cinnamon Clownfish due to its color as well as the number of gill rakes. The Barberi Clownfish has uniform orange to red coloring, while the Cinnamon Clownfish has a darker red coloration, with a prominent “saddle”. This Barberi Clownfish also resembles the Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus). Tomato Clownfish have bright red coloration when they are juveniles that change to a darker red when they grow older (almost black coloration in bigger females). The Barberi Clownfish keeps its uniform red to orange coloration from the time of juvenile through adulthood. As Barberi Clownfish mature their head coloration becomes darker. Additionally, we have noticed that in certain Barberi Clownfish the first finray within their pelvic fins becomes black when they get larger that 1.5 inches.