Amphiprion omanensis (Oman anemonefish)


Brown to orange color with 2 white stripes on the head and mid-body, the mid-body stripe does not extend to the dorsal fin, black ventral and anal fins.


Globally uncommon to rare. It is known only from the Omani coast.


Arabian sea coast of Oman. It lives on 2 species of anemone, Heteractis crispa and Entacmaea quadricolor, in sheltered, in-shore reefs in a depth range of 2-12 meters.


Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. 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 15cm.

Prey / Predation

Special features

Young anemonefish travel big distances along the coast in search of a new home. Recent studies have shown that juveniles travel up to 400 kilometers between reef systems to settle in a new location. They use currents from the monsoons to migrate.