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Clown Fish at Colchester Zoo
Purple anemone (Heteractis magnifica) with Clown Fish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in East Timor
Clown fish taking safety in a Sea Anenome.
Clown Fishes
The clown fish (also known as the anemonefish) is a small species of fish that is found around tropical coral reefs. The most commonly known species of clown fish is orange with white markings but clown fish can be found in many different colours and can also differ in shape.

There are 28 recognised species of clown fish that are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The clown fish is also found as far north as the Red Sea and inhabits the Great Barrier Reef, on the Australian east coast.

The clown fish was made most famous from the popular children's film Finding Nemo . Aquatic stores and clown fish breeders reported a significant increase in the popularity of the clown fish although many people did not realise the work that goes into keeping marine fish so sadly, the majority of clown fish bought at the time quickly died.

The clown fish is also famous for it's seeming immunity to the stings of the sea anemone. Most clown fish are found either in or around sea anemones which the clown fish inhabits both for protection from predators but also the readiness of food.

Clown fish inhabit a single sea anemone in groups that include the breeding male and female and a number of younger male clown fish. All clown fish are born male and develop female reproductive organs when needed. When the female in the sea anemone group dies, the dominant male becomes female and breeds with one the males that is inhabiting the same sea anemone.

Female clown fish lay their eggs on a flat surface close to the sea anemone which they inhabit. The female clown fish can lay hundreds or thousands of eggs at one time depending on the species. Clown fish lay their eggs around the same time as a full moon and the male clown fish guards the eggs until they hatch just over a week later.

Clown fish are omnivorous animals meaning that they eat both plants and animals. Clown fish eat a wide range of food such as algae, plankton, molluscs and small crustaceans. The diet of the clown fish is however largely dependent on the species of clown fish and what food is available in the area which they inhabit.

Due to their small size, clown fish are preyed upon by a number of predators but can be difficult to catch are they often retreat into the safety of the sea anemone. Large species of fish, sharks and eels are the main predators of the clown fish in the water but the human is the biggest overall threat to the clown fish as they are caught to keep in tanks and aquariums.

Despite the rising levels of pollution in the world's oceans and destruction of the habitats on the ocean floor, clown fish are not considered to be a threatened species of animal mainly because they lay so many eggs at a time. Even though not all of the clown fish eggs will hatch, a vast number of clown fish fry hatch in every spawn meaning that clown fish numbers remain high in the wild.


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Clown Fish Translations

Danish Dansk
Klovnfisk
 
German Deutsch
Clownfische
 
English English
Clownfish
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Klaŭnfiŝo
 
Spanish Español
Amphiprioninae
 
Finnish Suomi
Vuokkokalat
 
French Français
Poisson clown
 
Hungarian Magyar
Amphiprion
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Ikan badut
 
Italian Italiano
Amphiprioninae
 
Japanese 日本語
クマノミ
 
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Ikan badut
 
Dutch Nederlands
Amphiprion
 
Norwegian Norsk
Klovnefisker
 
Polish Polski
Amphiprion
 
Portuguese Português
Peixe-palhaço
 
Swedish Svenska
Clownfiskar
 

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Clown Fish Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Actinopterygii
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Perciformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Pomacentridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Amphiprion
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species...
Clown Fish
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Amphiprioninae
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from...
Indian, Pacific Oceans
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
10cm - 18cm (4in - 7in)
Water Type:
Either freshwater, brakish or salt...
Salt
Optimum pH Level:
The perfect acidity conditions for the animal...
7.9 - 8.4
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
4 - 8 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Orange, Red, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Scales
Favourite Food:Algae
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical coral reefs
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
2,000
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Algae, Plankton, Molluscs
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Fish, Eels, Sharks
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Bright markings and immune to stings from the sea anemone

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