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Ocellaris Clownfish

Amphiprion ocellaris

Merten's Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii)

Merten's Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii) hosting a trio of Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris).  Photo taken off the island of Siquijor, Philippines with an OLYMPUS Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof camera. 

Giant Carpet Anemone off of Negros Island, PI.

Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) off of Negros Island, Philippines.  This anemone is host to at least three Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris).

Ocelaris with Giant Carpet Anemone at Seattle Aquarium.

Ocellaris Clownfish with a Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea) on display at the Seattle Aquarium.

Ocelaris Clownsfish with Magnifcent Ritteri Anemone.

Ocellaris Clownfish with a large Ritteri Anemone (Heteractis magnifica).

Photo taken at O Street Aquarium, Sacramento, California.

A mated pair of Black Ocellaris Clownfish, the male (smaller fish) is tending the black eggs on the live rock at the base of the Ritteri Anemone (Heteractis magnifica).  Black Ocellaris are the most valuable color variant of this species, normally costing $30 to $40US for 1 inch (2.5cm) fish.  Juveniles of this variant start off brown and turn black as they mature.  Most of these fish available in the aquarium trade are tank raised.  I have often seen Black Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus), a much more common, and less valuable fish (less than $20 per fish) trying to be passed off as this species under a common name of Black Percula.  Make sure you know the difference before you buy, as these fish prefer different host anemones.

Photo taken at Your Reef, Roseville, California.

Tank raised no stripe Ocellaris Clownfish produced by ORA.

Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion Ocellaris) with Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), Ritteri Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), and Plate Coral (Heliofungia actiniformis). Recorded in Northern Palawan (Miniloc, Chindonan, and Lusong Islands), Philippines in September 2012 by Tony Griffitts.


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