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Description of the Yellowtail Clownfish
The Yellowtail Clownfish is also known as a Clark's Anemonefish. They are a beautiful fish and make a fantastic addition to a community setup. It is important to place them in pairs with a sea anemone so they can mimic their natural habitat. They are Omnivores which means that they eat both plant and fish, they are particularly fond of Brine Shrimp.
Picture of a Yellowtail Clown Fish
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Popular Name: Yellowtail Clownfish
Species: Amphiprion clarkii
Profile of the Yellowtail Clownfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellowtail Clownfish species.
Size: Up to 14cm, the female is larger then the male
Fish Tank conditions: Temp 22-25 Degrees. PH 8.1-8.5
Temperament: Good community fish
Diet / Feeding: Live, Flake or Pellet food, particularly fond of Brine Shrimp
Habitat: Reef dwellers at depths up to 12m
Behaviour: Add a maximum of one pair to minimise aggressive behaviour
Scientific Classification of the Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail Clownfish slimy?
Yellowtail Clownfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail Clownfish have gills?
Gills enable the Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail Clownfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts About Yellowtail 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!
Yellowtail 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