Amphiprion bicinctus is not a common fish in the trade, but for visitors to the Red Sea, it’s a common sight.
I’ve had a great fondness for clownfish since I first saw one on an old nature documentary in the 1970s, so when I first saw one in the wild I was utterly captivated. They also make great subjects for photography, though most fish swim away as fast as possible. A. bicinctus has two white stripes (as its name implies: bi=twice, cinctus=cut) and is in the Clarkii group.
A. bicinctus is a Red Sea endemic, but is available through breeders such as ORA, who’ve also bred a charming ‘spotcinctus’ morph, though their website does remind potential buyers that this fish can become territorial when fully grown and in ‘full-on defending’ mode.
Bicinctus also share their homes with juvenile Dascyllus trimaculatus, though will chase them off as they become more mature.
The Two-Band Clownfish is a member of the Clarkii complex. They are mustard yellow to rusty orange in color with 2 white bars located on the head and mid-body. There is no band on the base of the large lyre tail. They grow to a maximum size of around 4 inches.