False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris)

Also known as Anemonefish, Black Lightning Clownfish, Black Ocellaris Clownfish, Black-and-White False Percale Clown, Clown Anemonefish, Clownfish, Common Clownfish, Common Clown Anemonefish, False Clownfish, False Ocellaris Clownfish, False Percula, False Percula Anemonefish, False Percula Clownfish, "NEMO", Ocellaris Anemonefish, Ocellaris Clownfish, Puller, Western Clownfish, Western Clown Anemonefish, White Ocellaris Clownfish

Description

Also known as Anemonefish, Black Lightning Clownfish, Black Ocellaris Clownfish, Black-and-White False Percale Clown, Clown Anemonefish, Clownfish, Common Clownfish, Common Clown Anemonefish, False Clownfish, False Ocellaris Clownfish, False Percula, False Percula Anemonefish, False Percula Clownfish, "NEMO", Ocellaris Anemonefish, Ocellaris Clownfish, Puller, Western Clownfish, Western Clown Anemonefish, White Ocellaris Clownfish.

Found in pairs and family groups with their host anemone in calm shallow waters of lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed on algae and zooplankton.
Geographical variation in colour, there is a black variation of this Anemonefish in North Australia.
This fish has thinner black lines around the white or no black lines.
Length - 11cm
Depth - 0-15cm
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

This anemonefish was used in the film "Finding Nemo"

This Anemonefish is known to live with the host anemones:-
Magnificent Sea Anemone - Heteractis magnifica
http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/magnificent-sea-anemone/801
Giant Carpet Anemone - Stichodactyla gigantea
http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/giant-carpet-anemone/1263
Merten's Carpet Anemone - Stichodactyla mertensii
http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/mertens-carpet-anemone/1460

Anemonefish are specialised damselfish and live a symbiotic relationship with various anemones. Some anemonefish will only be found with one type of anemone, but others can live with many types.
They are rarely found very far away from an anemone. Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/6509

1 comment

  1. I just love these fish after watching 'Finding Nemo'. They're so small!! I've never seen them away from an anemones. These are found easily in the maldives.

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