Animal Species:Spine-cheek Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus (Bloch, 1790)
The Spine-cheek Clownfish occurs on coral reefs in marine waters of the eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The species lives among the tentacles of the sea anemone Entacmaea quadricolor.
Standard Common Name
Spine-cheek Anemonefish, Tomato Clownfish
The Spine-cheek Clownfish can be recognised by its brown to red body, two or three pale (usually white) bands, and a long spine below both eyes.
It grows to about 16 cm in length.
Spine-cheek Clownfish occurs on coral reefs in marine waters of the eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans. In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species lives among the tentacles of the sea anemone Entacmaea quadricolor.
Feeding and Diet
The species feeds on zooplankton and algae.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology