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If you have a TV or DVD you probably have heard about this worldly fish, the clownfish. This small but colorful and popular fish has been featured in the animated movie Finding Nemo and the sequel Finding Dory.
Clownfish, scientifically known as Amphiprion ocellaris, are native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are a type of anemonefish. Anemonefish live in close association with sea anemones, which provide them with a layer of protection from predators. The anemone's stinging tentacles don't bother the clownfish.
They are small in size, ranging from 2.5 to 3.14 inches (6.3 to 8 cm) in length. They have a variety of colors but the most dominant is the orange-red body with three white bands. The bands have black edging, with the middle band being the widest. These fish are carnivorous, meaning they eat meat.
Clownfish are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and small animals. They feed on algae, plankton, and other small invertebrates. In the wild, clownfish form strong bonds with their anemone and are very territorial, they even eat dead anemone tentacles. They will aggressively defend their area from other clownfish and even larger predators.
Clownfish are social animals, living in groups of up to six members. The group is led by a female, who is the largest of the group. She is the one who mates with the male, who is usually the smallest of the group. Clownfish are also protandric hermaphrodites, meaning they are born male and then turn into females as they age.
Clownfish are popular in the aquarium hobby. They are relatively easy to care for, and they can live up to 10 years in captivity. They need a well-oxygenated tank with a lot of hiding spots and places to explore. They also need a well-balanced diet of meaty foods, such as shrimp and brine shrimp.
Clownfish are a fascinating species, and they make great additions to any aquarium. They are sure to bring a smile to your face as they swim around your tank.
Can clownfish bite a human?
Yes, they can bite. Clownfish have teeth with very strong jaw which makes them more aggressive. This is a common scenario when they are under capture and the owner tries to clean the water tank inside. They are quite popular for their aggressive behavior and may attack suddenly.
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