Orange-fin Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus

Image Credit: National Park Service/Wikipedia

The orange-fin anemonefish is also named the orange-fin clownfish. It is found north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean between the coastal reefs of Queensland, Australia, and New Guinea, to the Marshall and Tuamoto Islands. The adult will inhabit the outer side of the reef slope, from the surface to 65 feet deep.

The body is short and deep with a small head, having 10 – 11 dorsal spines with 15 – 17 soft rays, and 2 anal spines with 13 – 14 soft rays. The body color of the orange-fin anemonefish is yellow-brown to dark brown in the center, with yellow edges, and two vertical white stripes. The first stripe is behind the eye and the second is in front of the anus. The fins are yellow-orange and depending on the location the tail is either white, around the Marshall and Solomon Islands, or yellow, around Fiji and Tonga.

The main diet of the orange-fin anemonefish is planktonic algae, crustaceans, tunicates, plants, sponges, and worms.

Spawning will take place throughout the year with a total of 3,000 – 5,000 eggs produced. The eggs are laid, adhering to bottom structures and fertilized externally, then guarded by the male.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacentridae