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Sea Life, Animals
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Clownfish

There are 30 different species of clownfish. The clownfish are very colorful with the body being a shade of orange with areas of white and black lines surrounding them. Other species have maroon and yellow coloring on them.

Habitat

Clownfish prefer warmer, tropical waters of the Indian & Pacific Oceans and the Red Sea. This family of fish is also known as an anemone fish, because of the symbiotic relationship that they have with Sea anemones.

Diet

Clownfish are omnivorous, which means they will eat both plants and meat. Their diet consists of mainly of algae, zooplankton, worms and small crustaceans.

Behavior

Clownfish are typically peaceful fish, but will sometimes fight with other clownfish species. They can also be very possessive of their anemones and will fight off other clownfish to maintain their “home.” All clownfish are born as males. As they mature they will pair off with another clownfish and the dominant one becomes female. The female will lay a clutch of eggs and the pair will protect and aerate until they hatch.

Predators

Larger fish, such as lionfish, snapper, grouper, triggers, and eels, will prey on clownfish.