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Clarion x Passer Angelfish Hybrid!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 29, 2011 08:00 AM
This is what happens when a Holocanthus clarionensis and Holocanthus Passer get frisky. Angelfish are known to hybridize in the wild; Most of the hybrids we see in the aquarium trade are those of dwarf angelfish (Centropyge sp.). A hybrid involving the 'holy grail' Clarion Angel is a very exciting find.

This specimen (collected by Cortez Marine) appears to be an unique H.passer x H.clarionensis hybrid.  It exhibits the typical white bar and facial patterns of the Passer Angelfish but also the strong golden pigmentation of a Clarion Angelfish.  Clarions and Passers share common geographical distribution on the tropical reefs of Baja California and are genetically similar, so hybridization is not unexpected.  Nonetheless, this catch is extremely rare and extremely cool!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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