Scientific NameAmphiprioninae
Lifespan6 – 10 years
Size10.9 cm
Weight250 grams
Conservation statusNot extinct

Clownfish, also known as clown anemonefish, can be found living in coral reefs with other animals. They are usually orange, but sometimes, they can be yellow or red. They have three bands of white. Most of the time, they grow around eleven centimeters, but other clownfish types can also grow eighteen centimeters. There are a total of thirty different types of clownfish.

Clownfish and anemones Photo by Kal Rivero on

Anemones are the clownfish’s host. They touch the anemone’s tentacles with their body parts until they become attracted. Mucus on the clownfish makes it resistant to the sting of the anemone. The stinging tentacles keep them safe from predators. The clownfish eats tiny invertebrates which may harm the anemones. This way, they both assist each other.

Clownfish are always born as male. However, it is possible for them to switch to females, especially while mating. Two males mate with each other, and then the more dominant and larger fish changes to a female. The group is led by that female. The second-largest in the group is the dominant male and will become a female if the original dominant female dies. Once the switch from male to female occurs, it’s impossible to switch back.

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