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Tomato Clownfish, Amphiprion frenatus

Image Caption: Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) in an aquarium at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC. Credit: Lonnie Huffman/Wikipedia (CC BY-3.0)

The tomato clownfish is found in reef abundant lagoons, of the Western Pacific around Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and Palau. This fish will mainly swim amongst the purple anemone within the reef bed. It is also named the bridled clownfish, red clownfish, or tomato anemonefish.

The young tomato clownfish is dark red with three white bands behind the eye and have black pectoral fins. As the fish grows into an adult it will lose two of the stripes and become bright orange-red, with some species having dark spots on the flank. The female tomato clownfish is generally larger than the male averaging 5 – 6 inches in length.

This species of clownfish is aggressive and territorial; if kept as a pet it should be in a tank alone or with a mate only. However, it also can be introduced with other clownfish simultaneously. The tomato clownfish will feed on plants, plankton, algae, and zooplankton.

Spawning is non-migratory, with the eggs adhering to a flat surface on the lagoon floor. Both the male and female will guard the eggs until hatched, usually within 6 – 11 days.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacentridae

Tomato Clownfish Amphiprion frenatus