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  False-Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris)





False-Clown Anemonefish | Amphiprion ocellaris photo
Common Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in their Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica) home on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Image by Jan Derk - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The False-Clown Anemonefish is orange with black markings on the fins. It has three white bars with one on the head, one on the body and a third bar on the tail stem. The central bar usually has a rounded bulge. There is a black form with white bars found around Darwin in the Northern Territory. The False-Clown Anemonefish is closely related to the Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) which is brighter orange, has a more rounded tail, and has bright orange irises.

Size
length to 9cm

Habitat
shallow lagoons of coral reefs. Associated with the anemones Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, Stichodactyla mertensii. Found at depths from 3m to 15m.

Food
feeds on algae and zooplankton.

Range
The False-Clown Anemonefish is found in tropical marine waters from Japan, South-east Asia and south to Australia. In Australia it is found around the north-western coast of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Amphiprion
Species:ocellaris
Common Name:False-Clown Anemonefish

Relatives in same Genus
  Barrier Reef Anemonefish (A. akindynos)
  Orange-fin Anemonefish (A. chrysopterus)
  Clark's Anemonefish (A. clarkii)
  Red and Black Anemonefish (A. melanopus)
  Clown Anemonefish (Clownfish) (A. percula)
  Pink Anemonefish (A. perideraion)