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The genus Amphiprion includes 28 species of marine clownfish, also called anemonefish. This genus, along with the maroon clownfish, (Premnas biaculeatus, the only species in its genus), make up the clownfish subfamily Amphiprioninae within the damselfish family Pomacentridae.

Barrier Reef CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion akindynos

 

What do I look like?

Light to dark orange-brown with two white bars and a whitish tail

Grows up to 12-13cm long

Where in the world do I live?

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia and parts of the Coral Sea adjacent

to New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands.

 

Who’s my anemone?

Can live on 6 different species of anemone

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis aurora

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

Orange-Fin CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion chrysopterus

 

What do I look like?

  • Brown to nearly black body with two vertical white or bluish white bars.

  • Orange face and orange top and side fins with a whitish tail.

  • Up to 15cm long

 

Where in the world do I live?

In the western Pacific including New Guinea, Coral Sea, New Britain,

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands,

Gilbert Islands, Society Islands and Tuomotu Islands.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteroactic aurora

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Macrodactyla doreensis

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

Clark’s CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion clarkii

 

What do I look like?

Usually black with some orange on the face and three white bars

(one on the head, one around the middle and one at the base of the tail).

Tail white or white with yellow edges.

Juveniles and some adults are mostly or entirely orange-yellow with only

two white bars

Up to 14cm long

 

Where in the world do I live?

In the western Pacific including New Guinea, Coral Sea, New Britain,

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands,

Gilbert Islands, Society Islands and Tuomotu Islands.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Cryptodendrum adhaesivum

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteroactic aurora

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Heteractis malu

  • Macrodactyla doreensis

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Red and Black CLOWNfish

 Scientific name: Amphiprion melanopus

 

What do I look like?

Adults are usually black with orange/reddish face, belly and top fin.

Tail is orange or yellow.

Bottom fins usually black.

One white bar on head

Variations: Some individuals from the Coral Sea do not have the head bar

and fish from the Fijian Islands and southeastern Polynesia are entirely

orange/red escept for the white head bar. Fish from the Solomon Islands,

Vanuatu and New Caledonia have an orange front with a black patch on the back.

Up to 12cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Great Barrier reef – Coral Sea, Indonesia (Bali eastward), Melanesia, Micronesia

and southeastern Polynesia.

 

Who’s my anemone?

        Entacmaea quadricolor

        Heteractis crispa

        Heteractis magnifica 

        Stichodactyla gigantea

 

orange NEMO CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion percula

 

What do I look like?

Bright orange with three white bars

There are often black borders around the bars and on the edges  of fins.

Up to 8cm long

 

Where in the world do I live?

Northern Queensland and Melanesia.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

 

Pink skunk CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion perideraion

 

What do I look like?

Pink or pinkish orange, with pale narrow fins, pale tail and a thin, white

head bar. Thin white stripe running along the top of the fish starting from

between the eyes  to the base of the tail.

Up to 10cm long

 

Where in the world do I live?

 

Who’s my anemone?

       Heteractis magnifica

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Macrodactyla doreensis

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

 

Skunk clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion akallopisos

 

What do I look like?

Ranges in colour from pink to yellow-orange, with a narrow white stripe

along the top of the fish running from the top of the head to the tail.

Maximum length 10-11cm

Where in the world do I live?

Indian Ocean, including Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Seychelles,

Andaman Islands, west coast of Thailand, and western and southern

coasts of Sumatra and Java (including the Java Sea).

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Allard’s clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion allardi

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown to black with yellow face and fins and a pale tail.

Two white to bluish-white bars

Up to 14cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

East Africa between Kenya and Durban.

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis aurora

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Two-Band clownfish

Scientific name:  Amphiprion bicinctus

 

What do I look like?

Bright yellow or orange to dark brown with two bluish white bars.

The bar across the top of the head is generally broader.

Up to 14cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Red Sea , Gult of Aden and Chagos Archipelago

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteroactic aurora

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Chagos clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion chagosensis

 

What do I look like?

Light to dark brown (younger fish yellow-orange) with two dark-edged white bars.

Adults’ fins are dusky brown and the tail is whitish.

Up to 10cm long.

Where in the world do I live?

Chagos Archipelogo in the central Indian Ocean, Sharm-el-Sheikh, Red Sea.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

 

Mauritian clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion chrysogaster

 

What do I look like?

Very dark brown (nearly black) with a yellow/orange snout, belly and side fins.

Fins on underside yellow-orange or blackish and tail brown or blackish.

Three white bars.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Mauritius and probably Reunion.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis aurora

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Red Saddleback CLOwnfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion ephippium

 

What do I look like?

Reddish orange with a black spot on the side that varies in size with age and

size of fish. Covers most of the hind area in fully grown adult fish.

Small juveniles have white bars.

Up to 12cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Java.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis crispa

 

Tomato clownfish

Scientific name:  Amphiprion frenatus

 

What do I look like?

Females mainly blackish with a red snout and males red.

One white head bar on adults, but juveniles have two or three white bars.

Up to 14cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

South China Sea and immediately adjacent areas, northwards to Japan.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

 

Seychelles clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion fuscocaudatus

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown to blackish with three white bars.

Snout, breast, belly and fins underneath all yellow-orange.

Top fins and tail dusky brown to black.

Up to 14cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Seychelles Islands and Aldabra in the western Indian Ocean.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Wide-Band clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion latezonatus

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown with three white bars.

Middle bar is wide and shaped like a flat-topped pyramid.

Whitish mouth and brown tail with a pale whitish fringe.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Lord Howe Island off eastern Australia and rocky mainland reefs

near the Queensland – New South Wales border.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis crispa

Madagascar clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion latifasciatus

 

What do I look like?

Blackish with two white bars.

Yellow snout, fins and tail.

Up to 13cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Madagascar and the Comoro Islands in the western Indian Ocean.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

McCulloch’s clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion mccullochi

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown with whitish snout and tail.

White bar on each side of the head but not connected at the top in most adults.

Up to ~12cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Lord Howe Island off New South Wales, Australia, and nearby Norfolk Island.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

 

Maldives clownfish

Scientific name: Amphirion nigripes

 

What do I look like?

  • Pale yellow-orange brown with a narrow white head bar.

  • Black belly and fins on underside.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Maldive Islands and Sri Lanka in the central Indian Ocean.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis magnifica

 

False Clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion ocellaris

 

What do I look like?

Usually bright orange with three white bars, with the middle bar bulging

forwards.

Bars have thin black borders.

Up to 9cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Andaman Sea), Indo-Malayan Archipelago,

Philippines, north-western Australia, coast of Southeast Asia northwards

to Ryuku Islands.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis magnifica

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Oman Clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion omanensis

 

What do I look like?

Medium to dark orange-brown, with a paler head and tannish coloured chin.

Two white bars, with the head bar constricted at the top and a narrow bar

near the middle of the body.

Top fins tan coloured, fins underneath dark and side fins yellow.

Tail tan to whitish in colour

Up to 14cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Oman, Arabian Peninsula.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

 

Saddleback clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion polymnus

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown with yellow snout and yellow or dark brown belly.

White bar just behind eyes and a white ‘saddle’ that forms a partial

or complete bar across the top of the fish. This mark is slanted backwards

and partly onto the top fin.

Tail dark brown with broad whitish margins.

Up to 12cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Indo-Malayan Archipelago northwards to the Ryuku Islands and the

Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Macrodactyla doreensis

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

 

Australian clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion rubrocinctus

 

What do I look like?

Dark brown or blackish on sides with a single pale white or pink bar on head.

Red or orange-red belly, fins, snout and tail.

Up to 12cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Northwestern Australia.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Stichodactyla gigantea

 

Orange Clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion sandaracinos

 

What do I look like?

Bright orange with a white stripe on top running from the nose to

the base of the tail.

No white bars on head or body.

Up to 13cm long.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Christmas Island and Western Australia in the eastern Indian Ocean,

Indonesia, Melanesia, Phillipines, and northwards to the Ryuku Islands.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

 

Sebae clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion sebae

 

What do I look like?

Dark brow to blackish with two white bars, the mid-body one slants

onto the top fin.

Snout, breast and belly often yellow-orange.

Tail yellow or orange.

Up to 14cm long.


Where in the world do I live?

Northern Indian Ocean including: Java, Sumatra, Andaman Islands, India,

Sri Lanka, Maldive Islands, and southern Arabian Peninsula.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

 

Barber's clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion barberi

 

What do I look like?

Red-orange including fins, grading to brownish on upper back of adults

and a single white bar immediately behind the eye.

Up to 8.9cm length

 

Where in the world do I live?

Fiji, Tonga, Samoa Islands

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis crispa

Pacific clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion pacificus

 

What do I look like?

​Similar in appearance to Amphiprion Akallopisos. Pinkish brown

grading to orange or yellowish on the lower half of head and side.

White strip runs along the top just to the side of the eye and runs all

the way to the tail. 

Up to 6cm length

 

Where in the world do I live?

Fiji, Samoa, Tonga Islands

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Heteractis magnifica

Three-Band clownfish

Scientific name: Amphiprion tricinctus

 

What do I look like?

Black or dark brown with two or three white bars.

Snout, breast, belly and fins underneath usually yellow-orange.

Tail is dark brown or black.

Up to 13cm length.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Marshall Islands in the central-western Pacific Ocean.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

  • Heteractis aurora

  • Heteractis crispa

  • Stichodactyla haddoni

  • Stichodactyla mertensii

maroon CLOWNfish

Scientific name: Premnas biaculeatus

 

What do I look like?

Reddish orange to brownish orange with three narrow white or greyish bars.

Cheek usually has a pair of long spines!

Maximum length is 16cm (males usually 6-7cm).

 

Where in the world do I live?

Indo-Malayan Archipelago to northern Queensland.

 

Who’s my anemone?

  • Entacmaea quadricolor

 

what ANEMONE is this?

There are 10 species of host anemones that live in a symbiotic relationship with clownfish

 

The genus Amphiprion includes 28 species of marine clownfish, also called anemonefish. This genus, along with the maroon clownfish, (Premnas biaculeatus, the only species in its genus), make up the clownfish subfamily Amphiprioninae within the damselfish family Pomacentridae.

Bulb-tip Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Entacmaea quadricolor

 

What do I look like?

Brown tentacles that are up to 10cm long.

Tentacles often have a bulb (bulging bit) near the end.

Tip of tentacle is red (rarely blue).

Tentacles without bulgy bits have blunt ends.

Oral disc up to 40cm long.

Where do I live on the reef?

Animals usually attach deep in holes or crevices on the reef with only the

tentacles showing

 

Where in the world do I live?

Micronesia and Melanesia to East Africa and the Red Sea, and from Australia

to Japan.

 

Who's my fish friend?

 

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion allardi

  • Amphiprion barberi

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphiprion chagosensis

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion ephippium

  • Amphiprion frenatus

  • Amphiprion latezonatus

  • Amphiprion mccullochi

  • Amphiprion melanopus

  • Amphiprion omanensis

  • Amphiprion rubrocinctus

  • Amphiprion tricinctus

  • Premnas biaculeatus

 

Beaded Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Heteractis aurora

 

What do I look like?

Lumpy brown or purplish tentacles up to 5cm long, with up to 20 ‘lumps’ that

are often white in colour.

Tentacles may resemble a string of beads and may be sticky.

Oral disc up ~25cm long.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Anemones attached to buried objects are capable of retreating completely into

the sand.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Micronesia and Melanesia to East Africa and the Red Sea, and from Australia to

the Ryuku Islands

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion allardi

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphiprion chrysogaster

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion tricinctus

 

Leathery Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Heteractis crispa

 

What do I look like?

Many noodle-like tentacles that are usually purple or blue (rarely yellow or green)

and get thinner towards the tip.

Flared oral disc up to 50cm diameter

Tentacle length up to10cm

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Animal attached to coral via flat discs or in sand/sediment with column underneath

the sediment

 

Where in the world do I live?

French Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia to the Red Sea, and Australia to Japan.

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion barberi

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion ephippium

  • Amphiprion latezonatus

  • Amphiprion melanopus

  • Amphiprion omanensis

  • Amphiprion percula

  • Amphiprion perideraion

  • Amphiprion polymnus

  • Amphiprion sandaracinos

  • Amphiprion tricinctus

Magnificent Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Heteractis magnifica

What do I look like?

Column (body) is of uniform bright colour (commonly blue, green, red, white or

chestnut brown).

Oral disc usually 30-50cm diameter but can be as large as 1m in diameter.

Tentacles are finger-like up to 7.5cm long, with the lower portion the same colour

as the oral disc (usually brown) and the ends are either yellow, green or white.

Some tentacles are branched and have two ends. Note: may irritate skin and cause

welts from contact.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Generally  found in an exposed, prominent position, attached to a sold object

(e.g. coral boulder).

 

Where in the world do I live?

French Polynesia to East Africa, and Australia to the Ryuku Islands.

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akallopisos

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphiprion chrysogaster

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion melanopus

  • Amphiprion nigripes

  • Amphiprion ocellaris

  • Amphiprion pacificus

  • Amphiprion percula 

  • Amphiprion perideraion

 

Delicate Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Heteractis malu

 

What do I look like?

Brown, purplish or bright green (rare) oral disc up to 20cm in diameter

(may also have white spots), with stubby tentacles of matching colour

and various lengths (rarely 4cm long).

Tentacles often have magenta-coloured tips.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

In sediment with delicate column buried beneath sand.

IThis anemone can retract completely below the surface of the sediment.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Scattered locations from the Hawaiian Islands to Australian northwards to Japan.

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion clarkii

 

Corkscrew Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Macrodactyla doreensis

What do I look like?

Noodle-like tentacles that are long (up to 17.5cm) and become thinner towards the tip.

Oral disc usually purplish-grey to brown, sometimes with a greenish tinge.

Tentacles the same colour as the oral disc but can be lighter or darker towards the tip.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Up to 5m deep and in the mud.

Often without fish residents.

Can retract into the mud.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Japan south through to New Guinea and northern Australia

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion chrysogaster

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion perideraion

  • Amphiprion polymnus

 

Gigantic Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Stichodactyle gigantea

 

What do I look like?

One of the carpet anemones with a mass of short, sticky tentacles (average

length 1cm).

Folded oral disc up to 50cm diameter and generally tan or pink.

Lower portion of tentacles is the same colour as the oral disc, the upper

part can be brown or greenish and in rare cases bright purple, pink, deep

blue or bright green.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Shallow, sandy habitat and may be exposed at low tide.

Base usually attached to a buried object in the sand and amongst rocks and coral.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Micronesia to the Red Sea, and Australia to the Ryuku Islands.

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion melanopus

  • Amphiprion ocellaris

  • Amphiprion percula

  • Amphiprion perideraion

  • Amphiprion rubrocinctus

 

Haddon’s Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Stichodactyla haddoni

What do I look like?

Slightly to deeply folded oral disc

Tentacles are bulbous or stalk-like with a swollen tip.

The oral disc is usuall 50cm diameter (up to 80cm) and the mouth are is tentacles

free and 1-2cm in diameter.

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Where do I live on the reef?

Oral disc sits on or above the sand surface.

Tentacles are longer than Stichodactyla gigantea and it is found in slightly

deeper water.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Fiji Islands to Mauritius and Australia to the Ryuku Islands.

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion chrysogaster

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion omanensis

  • Amphiprion polymnus

  • Amphiprion sebae

  • Amphiprion tricinctus

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Adhesive or Pizza sea Anemone

Scientific name: Crytodendrum adhaesivum

 

What do I look like?

Oral disc up to 30cm in diameter and flat when expanded but usually

lumpy and covered in very sticky and tiny tentacles.

Two types of tentacles (up to 4mm long): tubular around the border but

most are glove-like with tiny finger-like branches.

Can be very colourful with the different types of tentacles usually different

colours. Colour combinations include: yellow and pink, blue and grey, green

and brown.  Tips of tentacles may also be a different colour.

Where do I live on the reef?

Rarely seen as it is often hidden in crevices or under large dead corals. 

 

Where in the world do I live?

Australia to southern Japan

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion clarkii

Merten’s Sea Anemone

Scientific name: Stichodactyle mertensii

 

What do I look like?

The largest anemone with a tan-coloured oral disc that can exceed 1m in

diameter.

Tentacles can be club-shaped or finger like, are non-sticky and can all be

short (1-2cm long) or there may be some patches with very long tentacles

(5cm or greater).

Short tentacles are the same colour as the oral disc, whereas long tentacles

may be white, yellow or green-tipped.

 

Where do I live on the reef?

Found only on hard surfaces, such as rock or coral and usually on the sloping

part of reefs.

 

Where in the world do I live?

Micronesia and Melanesia to East Africa, and from Australia to the Ryuku Islands

 

Who's my fish friend?

  • Amphiprion akallopisos

  • Amphiprion akindynos

  • Amphiprion allardi

  • Amphiprion bicintus

  • Amphiprion chrysogaster

  • Amphirion chrysopterus

  • Amphiprion clarkii

  • Amphiprion fuscocaudatus

  • Amphiprion latifasciatus

  • Amphiprion ocellaris

  • Amphiprion sandaracinos

  • Amphiprion tricinctus

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