No They Are Not Actual Clowns, They are Fish!

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Live Science “Facts About Clownfish”

What is a ClownFish?

If you have ever watched “Finding Nemo” you will recognize this colorful fish! Believe it or not, there are four different kinds of clownfish! The type of clownfish we will be learning about is the Ocellaris Clownfish. All animals have a scientific name and this clown fish's scientific name is Amphiprioninae.

What do Clownfish eat?

All types of clownfish are omnivores. Although this can be a hard word to pronounce, its definition is quite simple! Omnivores are animals that eat plants AND animals. Clownfish love to grub on algae, zooplankton, copepods, and tunicate larvae. You might be wondering “How are they omnivores when none of these words sound like meat?!” Zooplankton, copepods, and tunicate larvae are animals! Clownfish live in something called an Anemone. It's where they eat, sleep, and find food. The Anemone catches food for the clownfish by using their tentacles to sting the prey. The amount of food that a clownfish eats is based on how big they are. Large clownfish can go far from their anemone and search for food. Sadly, the smaller clownfish can only go a few meters away from their anemone.

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Do Clownfish have a good relationship with a Sea Anemone?

Yes, they do! There is a specific name that describes the relationship between these two organisms and it's called Symbiosis. Clownfish are the only creatures in the ocean that can live in a Sea Anemone without getting stung. They have a layer of mucus on their body that protects them. The clownfish and the Sea Anemone have a two-sided relationship. The clownfish eats the algae and fish that is left on the Sea Anemone. The Sea Anemone provides food and shelter for the Clownfish. How do Clownfish attract food for the Sea Anemone? The Clownfishes beautiful colors attract predators to the Sea Anemone.

What type of Habitat do Clownfish live in?

Clownfish are mainly found in their Sea Anemone. They prefer to live in warm waters. Due to this necessity, they are mainly found in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Great Coral Reef, and the Red Sea. They also like to stay in the shallow waters of the Lagoon.

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What are some typical characteristics of the Clownfish?

When there is a group of clownfish one of them always wants to assert dominance. The most aggressive and largest female is always at the top.

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