Description of the Skunk Clownfish
The Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) is also known as the Nosestripe Anemonefish, Orange Skunk Clownfish or Whitebacked Clownfish. Clownfish are often referred to as Anemonefish, due to their close relationship with sea anemones. The Skunk clown fish is found in the Indian and Pacific oceans and its natural habitat is shallow reefs at a depth of up to 15 metres. It is light orange in color and has a white stripe which runs along its back.
Picture of a Skunk Clown Fish
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Popular Name: Skunk Clownfish
Species: Amphiprion akallopisos
Profile of the Skunk Clownfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Skunk Clownfish species.
Size: up to 11cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 22-23 Degrees, PH: 8-8.5
Temperament: Excellent community fish
Diet / Feeding: Flake, Frozen or Live food
Habitat: Shallow Inshore reefs of the Indian and Pacific Ocean
Behaviour: Good, recommend keeping in pairs and tank should include sea anemones
Scientific Classification of the Skunk Clownfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Species: Amphiprion akallopisos
Popular Names: Skunk Clown Fish, Nose Stripe Anemonefish, Orange Skunk Clownfish, Whitebacked Clownfish
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Skunk Clownfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Skunk Clownfish slimy?
Skunk Clownfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Skunk Clownfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Skunk Clownfish have gills?
Gills enable the Skunk Clownfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Skunk Clownfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Skunk Clownfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Why do the Skunk Clownfish have gills?
Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Skunk Clownfish have fins?
Facts About Skunk Clown Fish
The female clownfish can lay up to 1000 eggs at a time and they hatch in about seven days
Clown fish are monogamous, they mate for life. If the female dies, the male fish will change sex and become female. She will then mate with one of her own offspring!
Skunk Clown Fish - Top Tips
Clown fish are poor swimmers and never venture far from their host anemone.
The female clownfish is always larger than the male!
Despite their ‘clown’ name and image the clown fish is an aggressive fish and very territorial