They are found in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
They live among the tentacles of sea anemones on coral reefs on the ocean floor.
They are small (2-5 inch long), bright orange fish with white patches bordered in black.
They live in pairs staying in the protective cover of the poisonous arms of sea anemones. They are immune to the deadly sting of the anemones.
They work with the anemone to get food. They swim out onto the coral reef to attract other fish with their bright colors and lure them into the stinging arms of the anemone. Then after the anemone eats them, the clownfish eats what's left over. They also eat plankton, algae and other small things they can find on the reef, including dead parts of their own anemones.
They lay their eggs year round on nearby coral. The male clownfish guards them until they hatch. They hatch in less than a week. Some males guard the babies too.
Species: A. percula
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