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sk8rreefgeek
05/07/2008, 02:42 PM
I've read if you catch em with a net, it will damage them
Mine doesn't have them tho...
Or is that just plain Maroons?

NyteReefer
05/07/2008, 03:18 PM
all type of maroon clowns have cheack spines:strooper:

sk8rreefgeek
05/07/2008, 03:21 PM
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r41/karlkidd/MATER1.jpg


Did his get busted off or what?

sk8rreefgeek
05/07/2008, 04:44 PM
...

NyteReefer
05/07/2008, 04:49 PM
idk:smokin:

vincent6396
05/07/2008, 04:53 PM
I net both my maroons all the time and they seem fine.

sk8rreefgeek
05/07/2008, 05:30 PM
weird

sk8rreefgeek
05/08/2008, 10:15 AM
anyone have info on the cheek spines?

Suprised
05/08/2008, 07:50 PM
The cheek spines are characteristic of all members of the genus Premnas, of which the gold stripe is ofcourse a member. The spines will be present on all Premnas anemonefish, and is also a distinguishing feature between the genus Amphiprion and Premnas (although they're very easy to tell apart anyway). Those cheek spines lead to the common name "Spinecheek Clownfish" although this name is not nearly as popular as "Maroon Clownfish".

As a sidenote: if memory serves Premnas translated to english means something along the lines of "spinelip" or "spinecheek" although I could be incorrect.

Don't worry too much about netting them. Just be careful, as with all fish. Hope that helped

GSMguy
05/08/2008, 11:04 PM
some Maroons have 2 spines some have one spine and some people think there are actually two premnas species 2 spine and 1 spine maroons

sk8rreefgeek
05/09/2008, 10:14 AM
thanks for the info.
I'm still confused about why mine doesn't have them. Any ideas?

'Gold Stripe Spinecheek' sounds kinda cool