The True Percula Clownfish, also known as Percula Anemonefish or Orange Clownfish, is the fish most people picture when they imagine a marine aquarium. With their bright orange body color, divided by bands of elegant white outlined in black, Amphiprion percula is the essence of beauty. However, it is the famous symbiotic relationship the True Percula Clownfish has with various anemones that truly captures the imagination of most aquarists. In the wild, Orange Clownfish is commonly associated with anemones such as Heteractis Magnifica or Stichodactyla Mertensii. However, in the home aquarium the Orange Clownfish can do fine without an anemone partner.
Clownfish or Anemonefish are saltwater aquarium fish from the subfamily Amphiprioninae in the family Pomacentridae. Thirty species are recognized: one in the genus Premnas, while the remaining are in the genus Amphiprion. In the wild, they all form symbiotic mutualisms with sea anemones. Depending on species, Anemonefish are overall yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many show white bars or patches. The largest can reach a length of 7.1 inches, while the smallest barely achieve 3.9 inches.
True Percula Clownfish or Orange Clownfish are native to warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. While most species have restricted distributions, others are widespread. Anemonefish live at the bottom of shallow seas in sheltered reefs or in shallow lagoons.
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