The Rare Mauritian Clownfish (Amphiprion chrysogaster)

By Randy Donowitz 10 years ago3 Comments

Amphiprion chrysogaster

As we reported earlier this week our friends at Diamonds of the Reef landed an elusive shipment of rare fish from Mauritius. Among them, the Mauritian Clownfish (Amphiprion chrysogaster) has made its way to DOTR’s quarantine systems. DOTR currently has two pairs, but is only offering one pair for sale at this time.

In the recent past people have received Amphiprion allardi described as Amphiprion chrysogastor from other sources around Africa. The current shipment can be tracked back to its source from the island of Mauritius where they were collected and imported directly to the U.S.

Amphiprion chrysogaster

So far, reports from DOTR indicate they are healthy and eating great. The two pairs are split up and have tanks of their own. The pair that is being held by DOTR is for future breeding projects. Hopefully, the breeding project works out so we all may enjoy this beautiful fish without affecting the natural supply found in Mauritius.

Stay tuned as there will be more updates and photos from this rare import of fish.

Amphiprion chrysogaster

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 Randy Donowitz

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Randy Donowitz has been keeping aquariums most of his life. During the mid 1980s and 90s he was consumed with the breeding of African Cichlids. In 1994 he purchased his first marine system- a simple 55 gallon reef setup and he has been an incurable coralholic ever since. Randy's articles have appeared in numerous hobbyist publications including Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual and Aquarium Fish magazine. Currently, he curates and maintains the 3 system, 700 gallon coral reef display at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys the privilege of sharing his knowledge and love of the hobby with students, staff, and community members from around the Tri-State area.


  • Peter Schmiedel says:

    They are real beauties . as long as they are small đŸ™‚
    Adult – specially females – are huge dull black brown and nothing compared to the juvies. One of the few I was not able to breed yet – my two couples where never bonding and acting like real pairs.

  • Randy Donowitz says:

    That is interesting Peter. I wonder why they never truly bonded–even for a true master like you? Are you aware of this being typical for this species or have others had success?

  • Dominick Cirigliano says:

    Very cool Peter. MORE INFO!!!!! đŸ™‚

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