Biodiversity #4 – The Anemonefish

Biodiversity #4 – The Anemonefish: 1 genus and about 30 species and only found in Pacific and Indian Oceans; ie, not the Atlantic. Lives in symbiotic mutualism with sea anemones: not only do they provide and give mutual protection, they assist in feeding each other, and even the movement of the fish helps aerate the anemone. The dominant female anemonefish leads the colony and will only mate with the dominant male, but if she dies, he changes into the dominate Female, and his 2IC buddy becomes the dominate male and his mate! (That wasn’t in Nemo!) Anemonefish are often called clown fish, probably because it’s easier to pronounce than anememonomee fish!

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