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Animal's Behavior

Clownfish live in small groups inhabiting a single anemone. The group consists of a breeding pair, which cohabit with a few non-reproductive, "pre-pubescent", and smaller male clownfish. When the female dies, the dominant male changes sex and becomes the female. This life history strategy is known as sequential hermaphroditism. Because clownfish are all born as males, they are protandrous hermaphrodites.

Eating Habits

Clownfish are omnivorous. They eat live food such as algae, plankton, molluscs, and crustacea in the wild. Although a clownfish's eating habits suggest behavior which is opportunistic rather than predatory, the clownfish hangs around waiting for the anemone to have dinner first before it dines on what's left, uneaten, undigested or excreted.


Indo-Pacific oceanic region

Animal Facts

  • There are 28 recognized species of clownfish.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Amphiprion ocellaris


Animalia, Chordata, Actinopterygii, Perciformes, Pomacentridae

Place of Birth

Indo-Pacific oceanic region


3.5 to 7 inches in length


Yellow, orange, reddish, or blackish, with white bars or patches


4 to 8 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Aquarium

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