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Description of the Ocellaris Clownfish
The Ocellaris Clownfish is also known as the False Percula Clownfish and is closely related to the Orange Clownfish. The Ocellaris Clownfish is less aggressive that the Orange Clownfish and is closely associated with the Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica). They can be identified by their orange coloring with three white bars and black markings on their fins. Unlike the Orange Clownfish, they have eleven dorsal fin-spines instead of 10.
Picture of a Ocellaris Clown Fish
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Popular Name: Ocellaris Clownfish
Species: Amphiprion ocellari
Profile of the Ocellaris Clownfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Ocellaris Clownfish species.
Size: up to 8cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 22-24 Degrees, PH: 8-8.5
Temperament: Good Community Fish
Diet / Feeding: Frozen, Dried or Flaked Food
Habitat: Indo-Pacific marine waters, close association with sea anemones
Behaviour: Less aggressive than other Clownfish
Scientific Classification of the Ocellaris 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.
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Ocellaris 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 Ocellaris Clownfish slimy?
Ocellaris Clownfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Ocellaris 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 Ocellaris Clownfish have gills?
Gills enable the Ocellaris 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 Ocellaris 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 Ocellaris Clownfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts About Ocellaris 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!
Ocellaris 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