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Description of the Orange Clownfish
The Orange Clownfish is also known as the Percula Clownfish, True Percula Clownfish and Blackfinned Clownfish. It has a mutually symbiotic relationship with the Sea Anemone so it is vital to place them in pairs with a sea anemone so they can mimic their natural habitat. Like other Clownfish, they are sequential hermaphrodites which means that are initially all male. As they mature, they can develop into females. For example: If a female from the group dies, one of the dominant males will change into a female!
Picture of a Orange Clownfish
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Popular Name: Orange Clownfish
Species: Amphiprion percula
Profile of the Orange Clownfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Orange Clownfish species.
Size: Up to 11cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 25-28 Degrees, PH: 8-8.5
Temperament: Can become aggressive to other Clownfish, place pairs together
Diet / Feeding: Frozen, Dried or Flaked Food
Habitat: Shallow Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 12m
Behaviour: Good Community Fish although place in pairs to minimise aggressio
Scientific Classification of the Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange Clownfish slimy?
Orange Clownfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Orange 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 Orange Clownfish have gills?
Gills enable the Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange Clownfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts About Orange 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!
Orange 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