Western Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris Click to enlarge image
Western Clown Anemonefish at a depth of 7m, Fukui Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2009. Image: William Tan
© William Tan

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ocellaris
    Genus
    Amphiprion
    Family
    Pomacentridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 8 cm in length.

Introduction

The Western Clown Anemonefish is orange with black markings on the fins. It has a white bar on the head, body and caudal peduncle. The middle bar usually has a rounded bulge anteriorly.



Identification

The Western Clown Anemonefish is orange with black markings on the fins. It has a white bar on the head, body and caudal peduncle. The middle bar usually has a rounded bulge anteriorly.

A black variety with white bars occurs around Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

The species is closely related to the Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula. It has 11 dorsal spines (10 in A.percula), and 17 pectoral rays (16 in A.percula).


Western Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris

A Western Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris, at a depth of 14m, Redang Island, Malaysia, 17 April 2001.

Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Habitat

It typically inhabits coral reefs and is associated with the anemones Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, S.mertensii and Stoichactis kenti.

The Western Clown Anemonefish is found in depths from 3 m to 15 m.

Distribution

The fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Malaysian region, from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, throughout South-east Asia and south to Australia.

In Australia it is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

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.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Mergus. Pp. 271.
  2. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 220.
  3. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.