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    Fiery Potters Angel Lacks Black, Blue and Gray

    Centropyge potteri in its normal form is a relatively common, yet beautiful fish. But for fish mongers it has been C. potteri‘s rare and unique color morphs that have provided drool worthy eye-candy over the years. [The most striking being the all Blue Kona Morph.] More recently, we’ve begun to see some Potters that lack most black […]

    Centropyge potteri in its normal form is a relatively common, yet beautiful fish. But for fish mongers it has been C. potteri‘s rare and unique color morphs that have provided drool worthy eye-candy over the years. [The most striking being the all Blue Kona Morph.] More recently, we’ve begun to see some Potters that lack most black pigment.

    In these specimens that “lack black”, we  often see a graphite color and more orange over the areas that would normally be black and dark blue. For a great example of this, check out this image from Matt Ross. For the Potter’s Angel, these morphs that “lack black” were thought to be as orange as it gets.

    …Then there is this aberrant specimen that was collected last week by Pacific Tropics in Honolulu.

    pure orange centropyge potteri

    Aberrant Centropyge potteri. Photo ©William Crook 2010.

    Except for some spots on the caudal and anal fin, this fish is the Phoenix of Centropyge potteri. This specimen was collected by Dave Kelly at 80′ in the waters of Waikiki. It has not yet sold, although that is not due to lack of interest.

    Given the drastic coloration it’s difficult to say if this fiery orange color morph will hold in captivity.  Whatever does happen to the color, we hope the eventual owner documents any changes.

    h/t Bill

    3 Comments

    1. Karen Brittain
      December 7, 2010 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

      I was lucky enough to see this potters in person and to me it looked like it was glowing. Truly awesome to see!
      Karen

    2. Joel
      December 7, 2010 at 7:51 PM | Permalink

      Hey Bill, give Dave a high five, nice find!

    3. David
      December 8, 2010 at 4:41 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the credit…truly a catch of a lifetime!

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