Latin name

Amphiprion ocellaris

Other names

False percula clownfish, common clownfish.


The body is stocky and oval in shape. It is compressed at the sides and has a rounded profile. 

Features of fish fins

The dorsal fin has 10-11 hard and 13-17 soft rays, the anal fin has two hard and 11-13 soft rays, and the pectoral fin has 16-18 rays. 

Fish colouring

The body colour is red-orange with three vertical white stripes: on the head, on the middle part of the torso and on the base of the tail. The trunk stripe is triangular.


Widespread off the coast of Indochina, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Indo-Malay Archipelago, the Philippines, Taiwan and the southern Ryukyu Islands, and off the northern coast of Australia.


Marine, tropical, reef dweller. Depth range from 1 to 15 m, usually 3 to 15 m. Found in shallow and calm lagoons. 


They are up to 11 centimetres long.


They do not migrate. They live in symbiosis with Actinia Heteractis magnifica, Stichodatyla gigantean and Stichodatyla mertensii. When they hatch they live near the surface, but when they become juveniles they sink to the bottom to seek refuge with a host anemone. In captivity they can reach 12 years of age.

Food and feeding habits

They feed on plankton and algae and are therefore considered omnivorous. They are mainly carnivorous and prefer: Tubifex, Artemia, Nereis worms, chironomid larvae, Mysis, oysters, mussels, squid, shrimp eggs.


Protandrous hermaphrodites: all juveniles are male, but fish change sex during their lifetime. The stimulus that triggers the sex change is the death of the female. A single pair is monogamous. Egg-laying, mating in the process of reproduction. Spawn in the benthos. Eggs are on the bottom and attached to the substrate. Males guard the eggs.


Not interesting for fishermen.

Relationship with a person

Common inhabitants of marine aquariums. Used in scientific research because they are easy to breed. Representatives of this species are characters in cartoons.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Amphiprion
Species A. ocellaris
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Bottom
Life span, years 12
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 11
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Not edible
Way of eating Planktonophage

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Ocellaris clownfish

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