The Clown Fish is surely everybody's favourite fish?
It may also be one of the cleverest. It is one of just a few fish that can make itself immune to a sea anemone’s sting. Unlike other fish, the Clownfish is able to swim freely between the poisonous tentacles of an anemone without being stung. This gives them protection and is a very good reason to take up residence! In fact, most Clownfish spend their lives living in small groups within easy reach of ‘home’.
Depending on species, clownfish can be yellow, orange, reddish or blackish, with white bars or patches. The largest can reach a length of 18 centimetres (7.1 in), while the smallest can barely reach 10 centimetres (3.9 in).
Clownfish are native to the warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. While most species can only be found in specific areas, others are widespread.
Clownfish are omnivorous: meaning they eat both plants and live food. In the wild they eat algae, plankton, molluscs, and crustaceans; in captivity they can survive on live food, fish flakes, and fish pellets.
Things To Do
- Can you tell the difference between the babies and their parents?
- Which Clown Fish looks the most "dominant" out of those we have here?
- Can you spot any eggs waiting to hatch?
- Where do you think their favourite hide out is?