Pink anemonefish [Amphiprion perideraion]




The Pink skunk clownfish or Pink anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion, is a skunk clownfish found in the west Pacific Ocean. It is known to be one of the smaller clownfish. They can be found off the Cocos and Christmas Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. (text source: Wikipedia)

Pictures: Misool Islands, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi


Common Clownfish [Amphiprion ocellaris]

The Ocellaris Clownfish, Common Clownfish or False Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is a popular aquarium fish, even more so after it rose to stardom in Finding Nemo. It is very closely related to A. percula, the Orange Clownfish or “True Percula Clownfish”, and often lives in association with the sea anemone Heteractis magnifica, using them for shelter and protection. Generally, Ocellaris clownfish are hardier, and slightly less aggressive than its Percula counterpart. Both species are found in coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the Fiji and Tonga regions.

This clown anemonefish can be recognised by its orange colour with three white bars and black markings on the fins. It grows to about eight centimeters (three inches) in length. One can differentiate between Percula (true) and Ocellaris (false) by their respective colors and patterns. Ocellaris are usually less vibrantly colored, and have 11 dorsal fin-spines instead of 10, as on the Percula. There is also a rare melanistic variety hailing from the reefs around Darwin, Australia, that is a dark black colour with the normal white stripes. (text source: Wikipedia)

Pictures: Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia and Andaman, India by Sami Salmenkivi

Cinnamon Clownfish [Amphiprion melanopus]

x clowfish cleaned

Cinnamon clownfish, Amphiprion melanopus or fire clownfish is a widely distributed clownfish. It is found in Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, southeastern Polynesia, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are omnivorous, and will eat a variety of meat food items and algae.

They can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older, and particularly to other clownfish. Cinnamon clownfish adults can grow to 12 cm (4.7 inches), and the female is usually bigger than the male. The cinnamon clownfish is a dark red to orange with a mahogany “saddle” on its back. Juveniles and adults have a white head band, which turns a nice blue with age. (text source: Wikipedia)

Picture: Andaman & Nicobar, India by Sami Salmenkivi

Clark’s Anemonefish

Clark’s anemonefish or the Yellowtail clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) is a widely distributed clownfish. It is found in tropical waters, in lagoons and on outer reef slopes, from the Persian Gulf to Western Australia and throughout the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean as far as Melanesia and Micronesia, and as far north as Taiwan, southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
Clark’s Anemonefish is a spectacularly colourful fish, with vivid black, white and yellow stripes, though the exact pattern shows considerable geographical variation. There are normally two white bands, one behind the eye and one above the anus. The tail fin may be white or yellow, but is always lighter than rest of the body.

Picture: Andaman & Nicobar, India by Sami Salmenkivi

Maroon Clownfish [Premnas biaculeatus]



x Spine-cheeked clownfish juvenile




The Maroon clownfish, the spine-cheeked clownfish, or the maroon anemonefish, Premnas biaculeatus, is a species of clownfish that is found in the Indo-Pacific from western Indonesia to Taiwan and the Great Barrier Reef.[1] They can grow up to be about 17 cm (6. 7 in), and as they grow, they become more aggressive towards other clownfish. It is the only member of the genus Premnas, although it has been suggested that the taxon epigrammata from Sumatra should be recognized as a distinct species, Premnas epigrammata (Fowler, 1904).

The stripes across the body are normally white, but they are yellow in the taxon epigrammata. The female is usually larger than the male and dark red or maroon, and the male smaller and a bright red.

Picture: Misool Islands, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia by Sami Salmenkivi

Red Saddleback Clownfish [Amphiprion ephippium]

Red saddleback anemonefish or clownfish, Amphiprion ephippium, is a clownfish that lives in the Indo-Pacific area. They are considered small even for a clownfish, but are very aggressive toward other animals, especially to other types of clownfish. They don’t have the typical stripe. (text source: Wikipedia)

Picture: Andaman & Nicobar, India by Sami Salmenkivi