Clowfish – 3 species

  • False Clown
  • Skunk Clownfish
  • Clark's Clownfish

The clown fish is one of the most beautiful and majestic fish in the world. Only present in Indo-Pacific, it has the particularity to live in symbiosis with the coral. Clownfish and anemones have a symbiotic relationship, each providing a number of benefits to the other.

  • Protection (predators and parasites).
  • Share food and nutriments.
  • Change the flow of water.

Clownfish are overall yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many show white bars or patches. The largest can reach a length of 18 centimeters, the smallest can reach 10 centimeters. There is over 50 types of clownfish.

Clownfish are native from warm waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Great barrier and the Red sea. While most species have restricted distributions, others are widespread. Clownfish live at the bottom of seas in reefs or in lagoons. There are no clownfish in the Atlantic

Funny fact: However a colony of clownfish is composed by several mens, the single woman gets only one man for the reproduction.


Ocellaris Clownfish

Clownfish swimming anemone Ocean

clownfish swimming in an anemone

The ocellaris clownfish is present from India to Japan. They usually live in the surface but you can also find them in the depth of the Ocean.

This species of clown fish is one of the most known. Thanks to the movie Nemo the clown fish is now one of the most popular fish in the world.

This species can reach 10 centimeters.

This species is really interesting specially when you are learning their social behavior. In fact they got a social hierarchy and monogamous relationships.

They eat :

  • Plankton.
  • Algae.

You can find them in Phuket:


Orange Skunk Clownfish

Orange Shunk Clownfish

Orange Skunk Clownfish swimming in the Ocean

The orange skunk clownfish is a small sized fish which can reach 11 cm as a female and 3 to 6.5 cm as a male.

Its body has a unusual appearance, oval shape, compressed laterally and with a round profile.

Its coloration is very bright orange. With a white stripe on the dorsal ridge from the superior lip.

The orange skunk clownfish is found in the center of the Indo-Pacific area, especially by the Philippines and Christmas Island. You can find it from  the south of Japan to South Africa.

This species use to eat:

  • Zooplankton.
  • Crustaceans.

You can find them in Phuket:

The orange skunk clownfish got a defensive behavior about his territory, and like all the clownfishes it is hermaphrodite but the Orange ones are not monogamous and lives in “harems”.

 


Clark’s Anemone Fish

Calrk's Clownfish into the blue

Calrk’s Clown fish into the blue of The Ocean

Clark’s anemone fish grows up to 10 cm as a male and 15 cm as a female.

It is colorful, with vivid black, white, and yellow stripes. though the exact pattern shows considerable geographical variation. Usually it is black dorsally and orange-yellow .There are two vertical white bands:

  • 1 behind his eyes.
  • 1 behind his back.

This species eats:

  • Plankton.
  • Algaes.

As all the clown fishes and anemone fishes this species is hermaphrodite and it is present in the Indo-Pacific.

The Clark’s anemone fish also defends a lot its territory angering the other fishes. It also protects its anemone .

 


 

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