Clown Anemonefish

Clown Anemonefish

Clown Anemonefish
Amphiprion percula


CLASS
Actinopterygii
ORDER
Perciformes
FAMILY
Pomacentridae

Range

Indonesian waters of Northern Queensland, Australia and Melanesia


Habitat

Coastal seaward reefs and in shallow and sheltered lagoons at depths of 3 - 39 ft.


Diet

Primarily zooplankton; also eat bottom dwelling invertebrates and algae

Size

Up to 4.3 in.

Clutch

100 - 1,000 eggs

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • The clown anemonefish is also called the clownfish, true clownfish, and orange clownfish.
  • Anemonefish are protandrous hermaphrodites. This means that they all mature as males but have the ability to change their sex to female.
  • They rarely move more than 12 in. from the protection of their host anemone.
  • Juvenile anemonefishes can locate the same host anemones preferred by their parents. This is believed to be due to an olfactory (smell) stimulus imprinted at the time of egg incubation.

 

Conservation

Over-collection of this species for the aquarium trade has impacted the populations in some areas. Clownfish face threats from over-collection for the aquarium trade and degradation of their coral reef habitats.

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