Size1.8 inches to 2.2 inches (4.6-5.5 cm)
DietPhytoplankton, zooplankton, zoobenthos
HabitatBrackish marine water on lagoons and seaward reefs
- An adult appears pink to orange in coloration. Its fins are either very light or transparent. A white stripe runs dorsally from its head to the caudal fin. A vertical stripe visually separates the head from the rest of its body.
- Mouth adapted with pharyngeal teeth and with a shape ideal for suction feeding.
- Individual may grow to 4 inches (10 cm) in length, though commonly reaches 1.8-2.2 inches (4.6-5.5 cm).
- Mucus on its flesh protects it from stings by host anemone.
- Diet consists of phytoplankton – including blue-green algae and diatoms – zooplankton and zoobenthos.
- Feeds in the area surrounding its host anemone, as well as scraps uneaten by the anemone itself. It accomplishes this by using the method of “suction-feeding,” essentially vacuuming up around the anemone.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from the Great Barrier Reef through the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the Gulf of Thailand to the Eastern Indian Ocean.
- Found in brackish marine water on lagoons and seaward reefs at depths ranging from 1-125 feet (1-38 m). Common depth does not exceed 13 feet (4 m).
- Non-migratory – in fact, this clownfish rarely leaves area immediately surrounding its host anemone.
- Individuals are born male. Largest of a group changes sex to female, second largest is dominant male.
- While the species aggregates in groups, only one dominant pair will reproduce.
- If the female of the monogamous mating pair dies, the largest male from the group will change gender to become a mating female. The second largest male then becomes the mating male.
- In a year, a mating pair will produce 2000-4000 eggs.
- Eggs, once hatched, leave host anemone and become planktonic.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also known as the “pink anemonefish,” “salmon clownfish,” “white-maned anemonefish” and “whitebanded anemonefish.”
- Active during the day (diurnal).
- Primary predators include grouper. Anemone provides protection.