The Clown Anemonefish: The Most Variable Fish

If you were one of those who spend their time watching movies, you must know Nemo, which is the most famous fish, and even your kids, or younger brothers know it well, and you will be completely shocked the first moment you see the Clown Anemonefish, because of clear resemblance.
The Clown Anemonefish is one of the Pomacentridae families, under the subfamily Amphiprioninae. It is called also just anemonefish, or Ocellaris clownfish, or Amphiprion ocellaris, western clownfish, or false-clown anemonefish, and even nemo can be given by some people to that kind of fish.


Ocellaris clownfish has attractive orange body color, and there are three bands with a white color, one of these bands crossed the center of the head, also you can notice with close examination black small, and thin surrounded the white bands, also the fins borders of the fish have that black line, and the fins’ end with a rounded shape.
The Ocellaris clownfish is about 4.3 inches long in average; there are about 10 – 11 spines on the back fins, and about 17 spines on the other fins. These spines can be the first reason to figure out the Ocellaris clownfish from other fish types.
It has a mixed color eyes between grey, and orange, and its eyes is smaller than it seems to be, as the eyes look bigger because of the orange color of the iris.
Amphiprion ocellaris can live on different types of food like copepods, zooplankton, algae, and isopods.
Also it can depend on its host as a source of food, as it can feed on its dead Claws, or any remain preys.
Clown Anemonefish can’t be found at the Atlantics, or the Caribbean, as it prefers warm and quite water like Pacific Oceans, the Indian Ocean, and the red sea. You can find it easily in Japan, east south of Asia, Malaysia, and Australia. Also it settles on the last areas of shallow water in about 3 to 15 m (10 to 50 feet) deep.

Amphiprion ocellaris have a special connection with the anemones, that relation grantee befits to both sides, as the Amphiprion ocellaris keeps the anemones safe from any parasites, or enemies may attack the anemones.
Also the out coming nitrogen of the Amphiprion ocellaris helps in increasing the amount of useful algae at the anemones’ tissues, which makes the anemones grow fast in a healthy and effective way.
And also the continuous move of the Ocellaris clownfish helps on giving the anemone obvious clear colors because of fast water waves, that color attract little fish to the anemone, and make hunting very easy.
The Ocellaris clownfish helps in host’s fast growth by giving renwed water surrounding area all the time which helps the anemone to breathe more well in a perfect way.
Also the anemone provide any needed protection for the Clown Anemonefish from any probable enemies, as you can think that the anemone plays the nest role for that kind of fish, as it can be the most safe, and suitable nest under water, and not only a nest but a food source also, so you can find the anemonefish can live on any leftover food from the anemone.


The Clown Anemonefish lives in groups with restricted roles as one big, and strong female become the leader, and do all group roles, and activities.
The most strange, and unbelievable thing about these small fish is that all of them born as males!! Don’t be surprised!! Yes I mean completely males, then these males turn into females, and that happens just for one time on the whole life of the fish.
Once the Clown Anemonefish male turns in to a female, it becomes able to do all females’ duties, and on top of it laying eggs!!
The female puts in between 100 to 1,000 eggs each time in average according to their type of species, the male starts guarding the eggs until it hatch up on 6–10 days, also the male responsible for all eggs needs during this time until hatching.
If the leader female died for any reason, the strongest male in the group turns in to a female, and become the group leader with all responsibilities.
The average living life for the Clown Anemonefish is in between 6 to 10 years at most in normal conditions.

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