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 Clownfish and Anemone Compatibility

There is a definite closeness between clownfish and their host anemone. The anemone provides protection for the clown, and in turn for this protection the clown feeds and cleans the anemone and also may even drive off fish that could be harmful to the anemone. These two animals share a true symbiotic relationship. But will any clown go into any anemone? The answer to this question is most definitely NO!

Each of the clownfish varieties has a definite preference as to which anemone is suitable to become their home. For instance, a False Percula (Ocellaris) clown would be very at home in a carpet anemone, would probably accept a bubble anemone, might put up with a sebae anemone, and wouldn't even consider an Atlantic anemone.

The following table pairs each variety of clown species with the anemone that would be accepted.

 False Percula Clown - Amphiprion ocellaris Carpet anemone
Ritteri (Maroon) anemone
Saddle anemone
Bubble anemone
 Percula Clown - Amphiprion percula Carpet anemone
Ritteri (Maroon) anemone
Saddle anemone
Bubble anemone
 "Sebae" Clown - Amphiprion clarkii Sebae anemone
Long Tentacle anemone
Ritteri (Maroon) anemone
Carpet anemone
Saddle anemone
Bubble anemone
 Tomato Clown - Amphiprion frenatus Bubble anemone
Long Tentacle anemone
Sebae anemone
 Maroon Clown - Premnas biaculatus Ritteri (Maroon) anemone
Bubble anemone
Long Tentacle anemone
 Pink Skunk Clown - Amphiprion perideraion Long Tentacle anemone
Sebae anemone
Ritteri (Maroon) anemone
Carpet anemone
Saddle anemone
Bubble anemone

Bubble anemone = Entacmaea quadricolor
Long tentacle anemone = Macrodactyla doreensis
Sebae anemone = Heteractis malu
Ritteri (Maroon) anemone = Heteractis magnifica
Carpet anemone = Stichodactyla gigantea
Saddle anemone = Stichodactyla haddoni


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