The Mocha Clownfish is an interspecies or intraspecies hybrid, depending on whether you believe that the Darwin Black Clownfish a variant of Amphiprion ocellaris, or it deserves to be recognized as a distinct species. Regardless of the taxonomic technicalities, one thing is clear; the Mocha is one of the first “Designer” Clownfishes to have ever been produced, with records going back to at least 2003 (German aquarist Wolfgang Mai in CORAL Magazine). Mochas are the progeny of a Darwin Black mated with a standard Orange Ocellaris; the resultant offspring show a very predictable and consistent blending of the parental coloration, and subsequent breeding and back crossing has further added the evidence that the “Black” form is not the result of some mutant gene, but a far complexly-unique.
Mocha represents a mixing of genetics that cannot be “undone”; in every sense, it is a hybrid. They can be difficult to discern from juvenile Black Ocellaris at times. While their coloration is rather unique, they are otherwise no different in terms of care and behavior from any other ocellaris-type clownfish.
What we have HERE is the Mochavinci Clownfish (sometimes also called a MochaVinci, Mochavinchi, or Mocha Davinci), another evolution beyond the base Mocha hybrid adding a designer gene into the mix. This was first done with the “Black Ice” hybrid, where breeders introduced the Snowflake Gene (Sf) over the base Mocha hybrid. Now, we have another new designer in the Mochavinci; the breeding adds the Davinci gene (DV) responsible for the unusual bar patterning of the Gladiator / Fancy White / Davinci clownfish.
The Mochavnci were are offering here were produced by breeding a Wyoming White with a phenotypical Black Ocellaris (no way of knowing the purity of the “Black” parent); we actually sold the parental pair off and won’t be producing any more, so unless we source these from another breeder down the line (and only then if people really show strong interest in them) this may be all we ever offer.