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Species Name: Amphiprion ocellaris

Authority: Cuvier, 1830

Common Name: False Clown Anemonefish

Range: Widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific, yet mostly collected in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Size: Up to 3.5 inches (8.8 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow inshore and outer reef areas, e.g., reef flats, turbid bays and outer reef faces

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 74 - 82°F (23 - 27ºC), and accepts a wide variety of foodstuffs, e.g. mysis shrimp, fortified brine shrimp, various meaty diced fish and shrimp flesh, and Spirulina flake. Should be fed a few times per day. Host anemones in the aquarium appear to be: Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea, and S. mertensii. Captive-bred specimens available, and should be the only choice, as wild caught specimens are not hardy. Does not bother other clowns in the same aquarium. Adult female is larger than the male. My wife's favorite! Easily mistaken for Amphiprion percula . Keep in mind A. ocellaris has narrow black borders around the three bluish-white bands, whereas A. percula has broad black margins to the bands that often extend over much of the body, and also, it has 11 dorsal spines whereas A. percula has only 10.

Aquarium Suitability: A favorite among many hobbyists and well suited for the reef or fish-only aquarium. Best maintained in pairs. Select two small specimens, and they will become a male and female. Even though wild caught specimens are available, their hardiness is suspect, therefore, aquacultured specimens, always readily available, are the best choice.

False Clown Anemonefish  (Amphiprion ocellaris ) Photo Credit:Craig Dolphin

Photo Credit: Craig Dolphin


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