Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Northwest Anemonefish, it is a sea fish that belongs to the genus Amphiprion of the Pomacentridae family. The binomial name of this fish is Amphiprion rubrocinctus and it is also commonly called the Red Anemonefish, Tomato Rubrocinctus, Redgirdled Anemonefish, Australian Anemonefish, Tomato Anemonefish, Australian Clownfish, Ruby Clownfish and Northwest Australian Clownfish. These Northwest Anemonefish species are found only in the tropical oceans of Northwest Australia. The Northwest Anemonefish mostly live in waters with the temperature ranging from 27.73 degrees Celsius to 27.73 degrees Celsius. This fish species is harmless to humans.
The Northwest Anemonefish is a small size fish with the body length ranges from 3.9 inches to 7.1 inches (10 cm to 18 cm), but this body size varies according to species. The Northwest Anemonefish has an overall orange, yellow, or a blackish or a reddish color body, with several white color bars or patches. Within this fish species, there may be color differences, most generally in accordance with the distribution, but their body color is also based on age, sex and host anemone. The Northwest Anemonefish are largely seen in warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and in the Red Sea in protected reefs or in shallow ponds at a depth between 3.3 feet and 33 feet (1 meter and 10 meters).
The side of the Northwest Anemonefish is dark brown or blackish with red color breast, snout, stomach and fins. This Northwest Anemonefish fish species will have a solitary white head bar, which is habitually developed inadequately and lacking a prominent black margin. This fish has 10 dorsal spines, 16 to 17 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines and 13 to 15 anal soft rays.
Northwest Anemonefish species is an expert damselfish and it usually creates symbiotic mutualisms with a variety of marine anemones, such as Stichodactyla gigantean and Entacmaea quadricolor in the wild. The Northwest Anemonefish seldom found extremely remote from an anemone. Some of this fish species will have relationship with only one category of anemone, but some others can exist with several categories. They are not affected by the hurtful tentacles of the host anemone. The ocean anemone protects the Northwest Anemonefish from its predators, in addition to supplying food in the course of the scraps left from their meals and rare deceased anemone tentacles. In response, this fish species will protect the anemone from the parasites.
In a Northwest Anemonefish group, there is a stringent supremacy hierarchy. The biggest and most violent fish is the female fish and it is the leader of the group. Only two fish, a female and a male, in the group will reproduce through outside fertilization. These fish species are a chronological hermaphrodite, which means that they first grow into males, and they turn into females when they mature.
Northwest Anemonefish species are largely seen in coastal and pond reefs. They are oviparous, which means that they will have distinct pairing during the time of breeding. Their eggs are demersal and stick to the substrate and the male fish will protect and fertilize the eggs.
The Northwest Anemonefish is an omnivorous fish and it feeds on the undigested food from their related anemones. It chiefly feeds on tiny zooplankton brought by the water column, like tunicate and copepods larvae, ansd it also feeds on algae in small quantities.
The Northwest Anemonefish has a maximum lifespan of 17 years.