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Description of the Tomato Clownfish
The Tomato Clownfish is also known as a Tomato Anemonefish, Bridled Clownfish, Blackback Anemonefish, Onebar Anemonefish or Red clownfish. It can be distinguished from other clown fish due to its single white stripe located just behind its eyes, its body is bright orange. Clownfish are often referred to as Anemonefish, due to their close relationship with sea anemones.
Picture of a Tomato Clown Fish
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Popular Name: Tomato Clownfish
Species: Amphiprion frenatus
Profile of the Tomato Clownfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Tomato Clownfish species.
Size: up to 14cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 22-23 Degrees, PH: 8-8.5
Temperament: Good Community Fish although place in pairs to minimise aggression
Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp and Rotifers (wheel animals)
Habitat: Reef dwellers at depths up to 12m
Behaviour: Good, recommend keeping in pairs and tank should include sea anemone
Scientific Classification of the Tomato 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 Tomato 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 Tomato Clownfish slimy?
Tomato Clownfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Tomato 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 Tomato Clownfish have gills?
Gills enable the Tomato 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 Tomato 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 Tomato Clownfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts About Tomato 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!
Tomato 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