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  Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus)





Red and Black Anemonefish | Amphiprion melanopus photo
Red and Black Anemonefish

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Red and Black Anemonefish | Amphiprion melanopus photo
Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus) in anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Steve's Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

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FISH FACTS

Description
The Red and Black Anemonefish has black sides and red to orange breast and belly. There is single vertical black-edged white bar on the head behind the eye, although some fish have no bar. e of the body is black. Juveniles are red with additional white bars on the mid body and tail base. The ventral fins are black ventral.

Size
length to 12cm

Habitat
lagoons, outer reefs environments at depths from 1m - 18m. It lives in association with the anemone Entacmaea quadricolor, and sometimes Heteractis crispa.

Food
feeds on algae and zooplankton.

Range
The Red and Black Anemonefish is found in the tropical Western Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to the central New South Wales coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Amphiprion
Species:melanopus
Common Name:Red and Black Anemonefish

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