Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Pink Anemonefish, it is a Pacific native and is one of the smallest and most distinctive clownfish.
The Pink Anemonefish has the species name Amphiprion perideraion. A more modern name for the fish is Amphiprion amamiensis. More popular names for the Pink Anemonefish include the false skunk striped clown fish, salmon clownfish (in reference to the salmon pink color), White-maned Anemonefish, whitebanded anemonefish, false skunkstriped anemonefish, and bombin.
The Pink Anemonefish is a member of the Amphiprion genus and Pomacentridae family.
These light to dark orange fish with a pinkish overtone have a white stripe along their spines. In fact, the Pink Anemonefish is named for its pinkish-orange color. There is another white vertical stripe near the gills. The snouts have a white patch as well. Their pale tail fins are a translucent white.
This Pink Anemonefish is popular in the aquarium trade. A captive bred variation of this species has rose hues with darker red edges on its fins. However, the rose magenta skunk clownfish does not occur in the wild.
This Pink Anemonefish is oblong shaped. The Pink Anemonefish is most easily distinguished by its two white stripes; it is the only clownfish that has two white stripes. One white stripe runs along the spine, like a skunk stripe, while the other runs vertically behind the eyes. This Pink Anemonefish species doesn’t have any regional variations in appearance. It has between fifty and sixty vertical scale rows.
The Pink Anemonefish is one of the smallest clownfish. These Pink Anemonefish reach 4 inches or ten centimeters in length. Females are usually larger, 5.5 centimeters or 2.2 inches while males are usually 4.5 centimeters or less than two inches long.
These Pink Anemonefish live in brackish and marine waters. The Pink Anemonefish will live in algal reefs and lagoons.
This Pink Anemonefish is not migratory and will often stay with the anemone in which it was hatched.
These fish like other clownfish prefer to live with anemones. Unlike many related species, they are willing to live in a number of anemone species like Heteractis magnifica, Mactodactyls doreenis, Stichodactyla gigantean and Heteractis crispa. The Pink Anemonefish species has sometimes been observed sharing its sea anemone with related species.
These fish eat algae, though it may be blue green algae or diatoms. They can eat benthic algae and benthic worms. The Pink Anemonefish can eat tunicates. However, this is the only species of anemone fish to feed mostly on algae. Those kept in aquariums can be fed brine shrimp, dried algae, shredded shellfish, and mysis shrimp.
Every clown fish group has one sexually active female, the largest in the group, and one sexually functional male. There may be up to three sexually nonfunctional adults or juveniles. Breeding for the dominant pair will take place between April and August.
These Pink Anemonefish are found from the southern Japanese islands to the northern coast of Australia. They are found all around Papua New Guinea and the Thai Peninsula but not in the Indian Ocean. The Pink Anemonefish are most common in Micronesia.
These Pink Anemonefish can be kept in a fish only or reef aquarium. If an anemone is not provided, give them plenty of caves and rocks to hide among. Do not put them in a fishtank with eels, groupers, dottybacks or wrasses.
These fish were first identified by Bleeker in 1855.
Amphiprion, its genus name, means it can see on both sides. This may be in reference to their large, protruding eyes.