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  Orange-fin Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus)





Orange-fin Anemonefish | Amphiprion chrysopterus photo
Amphiprion chrysopterus, Guam, Mariana Islands

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Orange-fin Anemonefish | Amphiprion chrysopterus photo
Orange-fin Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) in anemone. Admiralty, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea

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Orange-fin Anemonefish | Amphiprion chrysopterus photo
Closeup photograph of an anemonefishtaken in Papua New Guinea

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FISH FACTS

Description
The Orange-fin Anemonefish is brown, dark brown or black with two white or pale blue bars. One bar is behind the eye and the other is on the body before the anus. It has a short deep body and is laterally compressed. The dorsal fin is yellow to orange, and the tail is white. The color of the anal fin varies across range - those in Australian waters have a black anal fin. Juvenile fish are dull orange It looks similar to the Barrier Reef Anemonefish and Clark's Anemonefish. The more common Barrier Reef Anemonefish is paler and does not have a black anal fin is never black. Clark's Anemonefish has a wider bar on the side of the body and usually has a third bar at the tail base.

Size
length to 17cm

Habitat
The Orange-fin Anemonefish is found in reef passages and outer reef slopes at depths from 1m to 20m. It lives among the tentacles of anemone species including Stichodactyla mertensii, Heteractis crispa, Heteractis aurora.

Food
zooplankton, algae

Range
The Orange-fin Anemonefish is found in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is found around the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Amphiprion
Species:chrysopterus
Common Name:Orange-fin Anemonefish

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