CLOWN ANEMONEFISH
Amphiprion percula

Habitat: Clown anemonefish typically are found in the Gigantic Sea Anemone, Stichodactyla gigantea.

Average adult size: Adults can grow to be 3 inches long.

Natural history: Anemonefishes or clownfishes usually live in close association with large sea anemones. Each species has one type of anemone they prefer to live in. The anemonefish is protected from the venomous sting of the anemone by a layer of mucus. Most large anemones have a pair of adults that live there permanently. Females are typically larger than males. Spawning takes place year round in the tropics near the full moon. Hundreds of eggs are laid in a patch at the base of the anemone. Like the Garibaldi, the male cares for the eggs. The eggs hatch at night after about a week. Anemonefishes mainly eat zooplankton and algae.

Range: From Northern Queensland, Australia north to Melanesia.


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