Amphiprion Thiellei The Thiellei anemonefish is an increasingly hard to find specimen. This condition mirrors that of its "cousin" the Amphiprion leucokranos, otherwise known as the White bonnet clownfish (please see pictures below). The situation has changed a little with the Leucokranos. A small batch of captive bred Leucokranos was successfully brought to market, partially easing the pressure of scarcity. We recently acquired a very unique looking Thiellei variant from a remote Philippine Island. This one is unlike any of the Theillei anemonefish that has come into our possession before. Thielleis generally come in two variations. The first variation would have a white top cap/bonnet/patch as part of a complete first band. The second variation would have that top cap laying by itself, with a large "sideburn" down each side of the fish that, together, form a three-part first band. The unusual specimen we acquired features a complete first band with a noticeable forward brim at the forehead, just where it would be on a cap. Separately at the top and just behind the first band, lies a distinct teardrop cap. In addition, the white saddle that sits on top of its tail stump appears to look like a teardrop cap similiar to its front cap. We find this Thiellei to be a truly unique specimen. (see photo below) There is now confirmation that Leucokranos is a hybrid between A. chrysopoterus (Blue stripe clownfish) and A.sandaracinos (Orange skunk clownfish). This certainty was provided by a DNA test; a collaboration between iBluewater and a DNA Lab in Europe. (Photo of A. Leucokranos pair below) Amphiprion thiellei, on the other hand, is considered a hybridization of A.sandaracinos (Orange skunk clownfish) and A. ocellaris (Ocellaris), which explains the more elongated body of a Thiellei when compared to a Leucokranos. As a side note, in the picture below, the Purple long tentacle anemone (M. doreensis) is in very close proximity to the large haddoni. They make frequent contact with each others tentacles. This puts up a serious questions as to whether the frequently mentioned chemical warfare between anemones exists. We frequently place anemones of various species in such close proximity and they have gotten along well. Its our believe that any "warfare" resulting from anemones in contact is the result of bacterial transference from an infected anemone to uninfected ones that come in contact with it.