Clown Anemonefish

Clown Anemonefish in its anemone, which protects it from predators
Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
Clown Anemonefish
A group of Clown Anemonefish in their host anemone
Credit: Glen Ashby
Clown Anemonefish
Clown Anemonefish
Credit: Emm Praphanakpitak
Clown Anemonefish in Thailand
Clown Anemonefish in Thailand
Credit: Karn Aikwanich
Clown Anemonefish in Thailand
Clown Anemonefish in Thailand
Credit: Ton Chaloempol
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Credit: Ton Chaloempol
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Bida Nok, Koh Phi Phi
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Bida Nok, Koh Phi Phi
Credit: Emm Praphanakpitak
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Bida Nok, Koh Phi Phi
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Bida Nok, Koh Phi Phi
Credit: Ton Chaloempol
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi
Credit: Oom Boonraksa
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi
Credit: Oom Boonkraksa
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Clown Anemonefish at Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Credit: Emm Praphanakpitak
Clown Anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris
Description

Made famous in the movie Finding Nemo*, the Clown Anemonefish is one of the reef's most-popular inhabitants. Like most anemonefish, this species lives in a matriarchal group, with the largest member being the dominant female. She is the only female, and she mates with just one of the group, all of which are males. If the breeding male dies, one of the lesser males is promoted to his place. If the dominant female dies, the 'alpha'/breeding male changes gender and becomes the dominant female. Then one of the lesser males takes his place.

*Actually, the movie and this species are 'just Hollywood' because Amphrion ocellaris lives in SoutEast Asia and the very northern parts of Australia, but the movie is set in Sydney. There's another species that lives off the coast of Queensland, which is Amphiprion percula. A.percula and A.ocellaris are distinguishable by percula having thicker black stripes separating their orange & white areas.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes (Perch-Like Fish)
Family: Pomacentridae (Pomacentridae)
Genus: Amphiprion (Amphiprion)
Species: Amphiprion ocellaris
Size
Average Size: 7 centimetres - 10 centimetres

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