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Also known as Spine-cheek Clownfish, Maroon Clownfish and Tomato Clownfish. Color varies from red to reddish brown or maroon. They feed on zooplankton and algae, and grow to a length of about 8cm. Anemonefish are specialized damselfish that have a symbiotic relationship with various sea anemones. Some anemonefish will only be found with one type of anemone, while others can live with various types. They are rarely found very far away from their host anemone.
Found in pairs or family groups living with the Bulb-tentacle Sea Anemone (Entacmea quadricolor), on coral and rocky areas of coastal reefs. Widespread in the Asia-Pacific region, at depths of 2 to 18m.
The first 2 photos show the bigger and deeper-colored of the pair, the female. The 2nd photo shows why it's called "spined-cheek". There was a baby clownfish with them but I wasn't able to get a picture of all 3 together. These delightful fish are found everywhere in these parts.
Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on May 30, 2012
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