The first magic trick that the clownfish is able to perform is its venom immunity: they have a special symbiosis relationship with their host anemone. Together, they realize, for your greatest pleasure, what is called a “symbiosis relationship”. Since the eggs are laid directly under its skirt, anemone fishes are immune to anemone's stingy tentacles from day 1. It is a mutually beneficial relationship in which the anemone can feed from the fish dejection while the fish gets shelter from lurking predators.
True Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) and False Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
It is actually very difficult to differentiate the true from the False Clownfish, both are bright orange with white bands separated by black lines (which are slightly thinner in the false clownfish).
Both species can be found in the Andaman Sea of Thailand.
Saddle anemonefish, aka Tomato Clownfish - Amphiprion ephippium
Clark's Clownfish - Amphiprion clarkii
I love clarks because they usually hover quite high over their anemone which make them easy to spot and also because they often live with anemone crabs.
Where can you see Clownfishes and anemonefishes
What do clownfish eat?
When a female is ready to mate, the male will perform a courtship and the female will deposit 400 to 1,000 eggs on the rock next or under their anemone host. The male will immediately pass over the patch to fertilize the eggs and the couple will then protect them until they hatch, in about 6 to 11 days. Babies clownfish will then drift with the current until they are big enough to swim and find an anemone to settle in.
And fee free to read some more fun facts about the Andaman Sea inhabitants on our blog !