Scientifically known as Amphiprion percula, Clownfish is a salt water fish. This bright colored fish that are commonly found in the shallow lagoons and reefs belong to the Animalia Kingdom. It belongs to the Phylum Chordata and is of the class Actinopterygii. It can be categorized under the family of Pomacentride and is of the order Perciforms. The fishes look very beautiful with their bright color. They can be commonly found in yellow, reddish, orange or blackish color and have white stripes on them
Clownfish are small fishes that range between 4 inches to 7 inches. The male fishes are smaller than the female ones. The clown fishes vary largely in their colors and shapes. You can see these fishes in the warm waters and their greatest threats are from the human beings. People catch clownfish to keep them in the aquariums. It has very few ocean predators. Clownfish tends to be very active and they look very beautiful on the ocean waters moving around in the water in their bright colors.
In their natural habitat, Clownfish maintains a symbiotic relationship with certain anemones. These are the only species that do not get stung by the tentacles of the sea anemones. These fishes feed on the scraps of the fish on the anemone and algae. It can live 6 to 10 years in their natural habitat, while once they are captivated their lifespan reduces to 3 to 5 years.
You can generally find Clownfish at the bottom of the sea among the protected reefs and among the shallow lagoons. You can find them in pairs. It is important to keep the clownfish with the right type of anemone. Both sea anemone and clownfish protect each other and chase away the enemies. In the warm waters of Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, you can find these fishes to the large extent. Apart from these places, you can find clownfish in the northwest Australia, southeast Asia, Japan and the Indo-Malaysian region.
Clownfish has the spawning season year round in the tropical waters. Like any other living beings, male clownfish attract the females for the purpose of courting. Eggs are laid in group on coral, rock or close to the sea anemones. A nest is build by the male clownfish before the breeding season starts to protect the females from the predators. One hundred to one thousand eggs are laid at the same time by the clownfish. The eggs hatch within 3 to 5 days.
You can find the biggest and the most forceful female at the top. Interestingly, the clown fishes are born hermaphrodites, they are born male and later develop in to female. Clown fish in the aquarium looks very beautiful and are commonly found in the reef aquarium. It is a popular fish and was featured in the Disney animated movie named Finding Nemo in 2003.