Sebae Clownfish, Amphiprion sebae

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The sabae clownfish is a very rare species in the wild and is aggressive, especially as it matures. It is found in the northern Indian Ocean around India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula, Andaman Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, and the Maldive Islands. This fish inhabits lagoons and coastal waters around reefs, at a depth range of 6 – 75 feet. This species of fish is the most popular fish for home aquariums.

The body of the sabae clownfish is dark brown with two vertical white bands, one just behind the head and the other at the dorsal fin. It has an orange face, yellow anal fin, and the tail can be yellow or white. The young sabae clownfish is more yellow, but will get browner as it ages. This species of clownfish can grow to 4.7 inches and is one of the larger of clownfish species.

In the wild, the sabae clownfish will eat a variety of both meat and vegetation including, algae, weeds, plankton, and small invertebrates. While in an aquarium, it can be fed live, frozen, and flaked food, in small amounts several time per day, unless the habitat is reef-based, then it doesn’t need to be fed that often.

This fish usually occurs in groups, where the female is the largest. The second largest of the group will be the mating male, and the rest of the fish are juveniles. The courting of this species of clownfish is initiated by the male one week before the spawning will begin. The male will choose and build the nest site. The female will enter the nest and lay between 300 – 600 eggs, which adhere to the nest site. The nest is then guarded by the male and the eggs will hatch in six to eight days. On the third or fourth day the larvae will begin to feed, and by the eighteenth day metamorphosis begins.

The sabae clownfish is being bred for the commercial aquarium trade and are readily available at most pet stores that sell aquarium fish.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacentridae