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Clownfish of anemonefish are one funny breed of fish. Well known from the animated movie "Finding Nemo", they continue to attract the attention of divers and non-divers alike.



Posted on Aug 4, 2009

With bright colours and a pleasing - if somewhat aggressive - demeanor, clownfish are very interesting to watch, going about their business in the big anemones they live in.

To avoid being stung by the anemones, the clownfish excrete a special mucus to trick the anemone into thinking the fish is a part of the anemone.

Funny, busy and a little aggressive - that's clownfish for you. Most divers love these little creatures, and they are very popular photo subjects.

They repeatedly brush up against the tentacles of the anemone to keep this trickery going, and you will see them bustling about between the tentacles of the anemone.

Clownfish are highly territorial, and will defend their anemone against anyone or anything, regardless of its size - even scuba divers.

Indo-Pacific species

There are 28 species of clownfish in the world, distributed in the Indo-Pacific area.

Clownfish are not found in the Atlantic Ocean or in the Caribbean. Of the 28 species, 27 belong to the genus Amphiprion and one to the genus Premnas.

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