The Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus) is a small tropical marine (saltwater) reef fish. It is also known as the Yellowfin Anemonefish or the Panda Clownfish.
The Saddleback Clownfish has brownish-black and white vertical bands, with a white ‘saddle’ in the middle of its back. The first white band is behind its eyes. It also has yellow fins and yellow eyes. It has an oval-shaped body.
It grows to about 13 centimetres (5 inches) in length.
The Saddleback Clownfish is native to the waters of the Pacific Ocean from the Philippines to Indonesia and around Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Japan.
It is diurnal, active during the day. It prefers to swim in and around sea anemones in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.
It is omnivorous, eating algae, plankton, worms, and small crabs.
It is oviparous. The female lays about 500 eggs, which hatch after 6-8 days.
The young fish, called fry, can swim freely after hatching. The Saddleback Clownfish is a sequential hermaphrodite. This means that it starts its life as a male, and then when it is mature, it changes into a female.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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