Amphiprion sandaracinos (Orange anemonefish)


Orange, white mid-dorsal stripe from mid-snout or lip all the way to its tail. Bright eyes.


Least concern according to the IUCN Red list due to a stable population trend. But one of the less common anemonefishes.


Asian pacific. Indonesia and Western Australia to the Solomon Islands and North to Southwest Japan. It commonly lives on Mertens’ anemones (Stichodactyla mertensii), in reefs within in a depth range of 3-20 meters.


They are monogamous and protandrous hermaphrodites. Oviparous reproduction and distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate and the 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 13 cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on algae, zooplankton and small invertebrates.

Special features

They change sex during their lifespan.