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Common Name: False-Clown Anemonefish
Scientific Name: Amphiprion ocellaris


The False-Clown Anemonefish is orange with black markings on the fins. It has a white bar on the head, body and caudal peduncle (glossary). The middle bar usually has a rounded bulge anteriorly.


This species grows to 8cm in length.

It typically inhabits coral reefs and is associated with the anemones Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, S.mertensii and Stoichactis kenti.

Location or Region Found

A black variety with white bars occurs around Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

The False-Clown Anemonefish is found in depths from 3m to 15m.

This fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Malaysian region, from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, throughout South-east Asia and south to Australia.

In Australia it is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

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