False Clown Anemonefish

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The False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is a colourful tropical fish species that is commonly referred to as a ‘Clownfish’ and belongs to the ‘Damselfishes’ family Pomacentridae. This species is also known as ‘Nemo’ as a result of the very popular kids cartoon. This species can be found occurring in the east Indo-Asian Pacific region and can be found from the Andaman Sea to north-west Australia, Central Indonesia and the Philippines. A rare black colouration can be found occurring around Darwin in Northern Australia whilst it is orange/brown in colour elsewhere. It has 3 white bars on its body with the middle bar having forward projecting bulge towards the head. There are variable amounts of black edging on the bars and fins. It looks very similar to the ‘Clown Anemonefish’ (Amphiprion percula) however it is distinguished by its geographical distribution. It can be found living in anemones on coral reefs down to depths of at least 15 metres. The False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) grows to a maximum length of approximately 9cm.

Family: Pomacentridae

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