Animal Species:Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos (Allen, 1972)

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish is brown with two black-edged white bars. The first bar crosses the head. The second bar crosses the body at the middle of the dorsal fin. The tail is white.

Standard Common Name

Barrier Reef Anemonefish


As its standard name suggests, the species is found on the northern Great Barrier Reef. It is a small, brown fish with two black-edged white bars.

Size range

This species grows to 12 cm in length.


The Barrier Reef Anemonefish occurs in tropical marine waters of the south-western Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.

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.

Amphiprion akindynos

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Barrier Reef Anemonefish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?


It lives in close association with several species of anemones. The species name akindynos comes from the Greek word meaning safe or without danger. This refers to the condition the fish enjoys while tucked among the tentacles of its host.

Mating and reproduction

Spawning behaviour has been recorded for a number of species of Amphiprion (Allen, 1980). There are three main phases, courtship and nest preparation followed by spawning and nest guarding or incubation. The incubation period lasts for six or seven days and during this time both parents care for the eggs, although the male takes a much more active role in these duties.



What does this mean?


  1. Allen, G.R. 1980. The Anemonefishes of the World: Handbook for Aquarists, Divers and Scientists. Aquarium Systems. Pp. 104.
  2. Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Mergus. Pp.271.
  3. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  4. Fautin, D.G. & G.R. Allen. 1992. Anemone Fishes and their Host Sea Anemones. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 159.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  6. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  7. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.

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