ORA Renames Their Rubies

ORA Barberi Clown ORA Renames Their Rubies
The folks at ORA Farms take their animal’s lineage very seriously, so seriously in fact that they recently had a DNA analysis performed to verify what they had already believed.  Their “Rubies” (Amphiprion rubrocinctus), also known as the Ruby Clownfish, were actually a distinct species that was recently described by Gerry Allen, Joshua Drew and Les Kaufman in 2008 as Amphiprion barberi and are actually from either Fiji or Polynesia and NOT Australia.  The fish originally came to them from a breeding farm that was shutting down and information on their lineage was scarce.  After the new species was announced in 2008, they went and had their fish sequenced and lo and behold it was a match for the new barberi.  So in order to correct their naming and uphold their commitment to breed accuracy, they have renamed the Rubies from rubrocinctus to barberi.  Details on the change can be found on their blog.

Josh Saul

About Josh Saul

Josh Saul is a consultant for Fortune 500 finance and banking companies. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 13 years and has been SCUBA diving for over 20. He spends his spare time planning dive trips, designing websites, DJing, and finding new and exciting ways to flood his apartment. He is married with two children and lives in Manhattan.
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