Also known as clownfish, there are about 30 species of anemonefish. Because of their striking colors and Finding Nemo fame, they’re a very popular fish at the Aquarium.
Up to four inches long
Benthic algae, phytoplankton, crustaceans, tunicates, worms, and zooplankton
Five or more years
Anemonefish live mostly in Indo-Pacific reef communities and inhabit Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Threats to Survival
- Climate change
- Habitat loss
Why Are They Called Anemonefish?
Anemonefish are immune to the stinging tentacles of sea anemones—invertebrate animals that generally settle onto a spot in a coral reef—and even seek shelter among their tentacles! The anemonefish provides nutrition to sea anemones by luring other species within reach of its tentacles, while the sea anemones give the anemonefish a predator-free place to live and lay eggs.
Anemonefish are in Danger of Losing Their Habitats
The coral reef communities that anemonefish call home are rapidly disappearing worldwide, primarily due to climate change and other human impacts. Coral reefs have the best chance to adapt if humans reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change.
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