Amphiprion ocellaris (False clown anemonefish)


Orange with 3 white bars, the middle bar is projecting forwards, Black edging on the bars and several fins. Rare black and brown variations have also been seen.


Unevaluated by the IUCN Red list, but common in Asian tropical waters.


East Indo-Asian Pacific. Andaman Sea to NorthWest Australia, Malaysia Central Indonesia and the Philippines. Found on anemones on shoreline reefs and lagoons down to 15 meters.


They are protandrous hermaphrodites (transformation from male into female), monogamous and lay eggs. Males guard and aerate the eggs. In social groups of anemonefish there is only 1 female and 1 or more males. The female is always largest and dominant, and she chooses just 1 male to mate with. Any offspring they have is undifferentiated until the time they turn into males. If the female dies, the male that is highest in hierarchy will turn into a female, choose a new mate, thus creating a new mating couple. All remaining males will go up one rank in the hierarchy.


Up to 11cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on algae and small invertrebrates.

Special features

It is associated with 3 species of anemones: Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla gigantea and Stichodactyla mertensii. It is also called Clown anemonefish.