Species #: 1
Common Name: Clownfish Scientific Name: Amphiprion Ocellaris Kingdom: Animalia
Geography / Habitat: They are found in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Clownfish live in sheltered reefs or in shallow lagoons
Life Strategy: Clownfish lay eggs on any flat surface close to or under protection of their host anemones. Clownfish are protandrous hermaphrodites, meaning they are hatched as sexually immature fry. As the fish age, they either morph into a male, a female, or remain sexually immature. If the female should die or be removed from the group, the most dominant male then changes into a female, and the rest of the males move up a rank on the hierarchy. A juvenile only several months old can make the change from juvenile to male to female in as little as a month. Food / Feed Strategy: Planktonic food such as zooplankton, copepods, and algae are the primary source of food. Clownfish also feed on equal amounts of algae and animals, and sometimes eat parasites off of their host anemones.
• Body Form or Style: Compressiform • Swim / Locomotion Style: Carangiform • Mouth Position: Terminal Citation: http://www.fishlore.com/Wiki-ClownFish.htm http://tolweb.org/treehouses/?treehouse_id=3390