Darwin Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
The Darwin ocellaris clownfish (also known as the black clown or black & white ocellaris) is a bold color variant of the common clownfish. In mature individuals, this rarer form is nearly jet black with crisp white stripes. Even its eyes are dark! Unlike many “designer” (i.e. domestic) variants, the Darwin clown is found naturally within a small region near Darwin, North Australia. This particular breed of clownfish naturally prefers the magnificent anemone (Heteractis magnifica) or Merten’s carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii); in captivity, it also accepts bubble tip anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor).
See below for more information.
Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~.8″ (length)
- Max Size: 3″ (length)
- Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023
- Color: Black with white bars (young individuals may start out dusky orange and darken with age)
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Feeding: Carnivore
Darwin Clownfish Species Information
Thought this species is distributed across much of the tropical Pacific Ocean, the Darwin clown is a special breed that is restricted to an area around Darwin, Australia.
Benefits of Aquacultured Saltwater Fish
Aquacultured clownfish are always preferable to wild-caught specimens. For example, when captive-bred, they adjust much more easily to aquarium life. Furthermore, they are less likely to carry disease. Aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. And, by purchasing captive-bred fish you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every Darwin clownfish we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is under $40. For more information, please visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.