Weird creature of the month – September

clark anemone fish

Clark’s Anemonefish

Also known as Clark’s Clown, Clarki Clown, Fish Clown, Chocolate Clownfish and Chocolate Anemonefish.
Is a small-sized fish which grows up to 15 cm. It is stocky, laterally compressed, and oval to rounded.
Found in pairs or family groups in most reef habitats from lagoons to outer reef slopes with an anemone.

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 ventrally, the black areas becoming wider with age.
They feed on zooplankton and algae.

Anemonefish are specialised damselfish and live a symbiotic relationship with various anemones. Some anemonefish will only be found with one type of anemone, but others can live with many types. They are rarely found very far away from an anemone.

The fish is diurnal. It is a protrandous hermaphrodite, the male often changing sex to become a female. A male may keep a harem. It is dependent on sea anemones to provide a habitat and nesting sites. The fish has a mucous coat to protect it from anemone stings. It is a mutualistic relationship. The clownfishs help to attract prey items close to the anemone’s tentacles, and helps to defend it from tentacle-eating predators, such as butterflyfishes.

I personally recommend, when you see a Clark’s Anemonefish, check the anemone, often you will find other life forms such as; small crabs and shrimp.

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Clarks anemone fish weird creature

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Weird Creature of the month – January

Clown anemone fish, “Amphiprion ocellaris” are also known as common clown fish, false clown
Anemone fish, false anemone fish or simply “Nemo” from the Disney movie “Finding Nemo”.
The color pattern is the key feature used to identify anemone fish. It is normally bright orange with three white vertical bars and all the bars and fins have black borders around them. The fish maximum length is about 11 cm.

Anemone fish are found in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, South East Asia region, northern Australia, and the Western Pacific. They are not known to the Caribbean, Mediterranean or the Atlantic Ocean.
Most anemone fish can be found in shallow water reefs or sand from 1 -18 meters depth

Anemone fish have an unusual symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with sea anemones. Normally, the stinging cells of an anemone’s tentacles release when fish brush against the tentacles, paralyze the fish. But anemone fish appear to be “at home” among the tentacles, even hiding between them as predators draw near. The most widespread theory is that these fish have a unique biochemical makeup in their mucus-layer that provides protection from the stinging cells.
Host-anemone-species are normally Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, and Stichodactyla mertensii. Ones again there are different theories to what is actually going on in this symbiotic relationship; One theory is that the anemone fish chase off small creatures that prey on anemone and keeps it clean from debris and parasites, and the other is that anemone fish lure other fish for the anemone to kill and eat. What is not a theory though is that the rather clumsy anemonefish cannot live without their anemones. Without their anemone fish, some anemones are swiftly destroyed by predators, such as butterfly fish and turtles, which are immune to the anemone’s stings.
There is a strong hierarchy within the groups of anemone fish living in each anemone. Typically, a large female dominates. She mates only with the largest males. The female lays eggs in or near the anemone.
Some reef fish species are able to turn from females into males. This is actually a common ability. But anemone fish have the ability to sex-change from male to female! All anemone fish are born male with active male and dormant female reproductive organs. If the female dies, then the dominant male will sex-change into a female and a non-dominant male will become a dominant male. This allows anemone fish living in one anemone to remain self-sufficient in a way that if the female dies there is no need for the male to find a new mate. The responsibility for caring for the eggs then becomes the “new” female’s job.
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