Life history pathways in false clown Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier, 1830: A journey from egg to adult under captive condition

Madhu, Rema and Madhu, K and Retheesh, T (2012) Life history pathways in false clown Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier, 1830: A journey from egg to adult under captive condition. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 54 (1). pp. 77-90.

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Abstract

There is a vast literature on distribution, rearing conditions and behavioural studies of clownfishes. However, descriptive information on reproductive behaviour, early developments and life history pathways of Amphiprion ocellaris are scarce. In this study, 7 pairs of A. ocellaris having size 89 to 100 mm (presumptive females) and 40 to 60 mm (presumptive males) were developed through pair formation to generate information on breeding and spawning behaviour, egg morphology, and embryonic, larval, juvenile and adult developments. The spawning was found to be year-round with reproductive cycle of 12 to 15 days intervals and laid 300 to 1000 capsule shaped and adhesive type eggs. The eggs were 1.5-3.0 mm in length and 0.8-1.84 mm in width containing multiple oil globules of varying size and were pale yellow or white for initial two days, turned to black on 3rd to 5th day and silvery on 6th to 7th day of incubation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:False clown anemonefish; Amphiprion ocellaris; egg morphology; embryonic development; juvenile; adult; senescent
Subjects:Eggs and Larvae
Aquaculture > Ornamental Fishes
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
ID Code:9015
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:13 Jul 2012 14:58
Last Modified:13 Jul 2012 14:58

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