Beast of the Month: Nemo

2 Jan 2015

Ampiprion Clarkii

Yellow fin Clown Fish/Clarks Anemone Fish

 

Size: up to 16cm

Shape: Oval/typical

Colour: Distinct black, 3 horizontal bands. yellow fins

Tail Fin: Shallow fork

 

FACTS:

Females larger than males.

All start out life as males and become female (Protantric hermaphrodism).

If female dies, the next dominant male becomes female. Agressive territorial defenders - will bite divers.

Mutualistic beneficial (symbiosis) relationship with several anemones: young fish become desenistised to amenemones stings and are covered in protective mucus, both parties benefit from the relationship. The fish is protected whilst they clean and fertilise the anemone.

 

Rob Gordon

OWSI 257490

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