Exploring Clownfish Biodiversity: the Allardi Group

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Like the clarkii and chrysopterus groups, the allardi group can be recognized by its robust size, the presence of multiple vertical bars, and a generalist attitude towards anemones, willing to make use of whatever host happens to be available. Together, these clownfishes were formerly thought to comprise a single wide-ranging Indo-Pacific lineage, with members spanning from the Red Sea to Polynesia, but genetic data argues that this is not so, with those from the Western Indian Ocean forming their own distantly related clade.

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