A Look at the Tangerine Albino Ocellaris from Sea & Reef


Sea & Reef recently added the Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish to their long list of captive bred clownfish. 

The Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish is not new to the hobby, but is rarely available from a commercial source but Sea & Reef has now brought this interesting fish into their breeding program. The Tangerine mutation is considered albino because they are hypomelanistic, meaning there is a reduction or lack of black pigment. Tangerine albinism is expressed as a lack of black pigment between the white stripes and the orange body coloration. The black pigment is also strongly reduced in the fins. The fact that some black pigment is still present in the fins and eyes suggests that the mutation did not destroy the melanin synthesis pathway completely. Nevertheless the Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish is considered an albino clownfish. The greatly reduced black pigment makes them very distinct from the regular Ocellaris Clownfish.

For the time Sea & Reef authorized dealers can pick up a limit of 2 fish per order but this could change as supply and demand evolves for this gorgeous designer clownfish.

For comparison below is an image of a Tangerine Albino Snowflake Clownfish:

Aquarium host anemones
This new designer clownfish will readily accept a wide variety of host anemones and many hobbyists keep it with the popular and hardy Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) . As a reference the natural host anemones of the regular ocellaris clownfish are Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Sebae Anemone (Heteractis crispa), and Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).

I would expect to see this fish sell to sell for $55.00 – $65.00 at online and retail stores.


About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.