Amphiprion

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Taxonavigation

Kingdom: Animalia
Sub Kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super Phylum: Bilateria:Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Sub Phylum: Vertebrata
Super Class: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Sub-Class: Neopterygii
Infra Class: Teleostei
Super Order: Acanthopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Genus: Amphiprion
Species: A. akallopisos - A. akindynos - A. allardi - A. bicinctus - A. chrysogaster - A. chrysopterus - A. clarkii - A. ephippium - A. frenatus - A. fuscocaudatus - A. latezonatus - A. leucokranos - A. mccullochi - A. melanopus - A. nigripes - A. ocellaris - A. omanensis - A. perideraion - A. percula - A. polymnus - A. rubrocinctus - A. sandaracinos - A. sebae - A. tricinctus


Introduction

Commonly referred to as Clownfish or Anemonefish.

Characteristics

Live in close association with one or more of 10 host species of sea anemones. They are protected from the anemones' stinging cells by their mucus which carries the anemones' chemical signature. This inhibits the stinging cells from firing and is acquired by the larvae during settlement at the anemones base. Are protandrous hermaphrodites (all mature as males then may reverse sex later). Female is the largest most dominant fish of each colony and her presence inhibits the sex reversal of the males. Feed primarily on zooplankton and filamentous algae.[1].

Classification

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References

  1. (Lieske Myers 1996): Lieske, E., Myers, R., Coral reef fishes : Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean : including the Red Sea, Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1996.