Animal Update: Saddleback Clownfish in Blacktip Reef

Saddleback clownfish have been added to our Blacktip Reef exhibit!

Published October 23, 2015

saddleback clownfish

These black-and-white beauties are found throughout the Indo-Pacific. Like their orange-hued counterparts, saddleback clownfish have a strong symbiotic relationship with sea anemones. In exchange for protection from its predators, the clownfish protect their hosts from anemone-eating fish! 

saddleback clownfish

Did you know? Anemonefish are hermaphrodites! In a clownfish group living in an anemone the largest fish is female, the second largest a male. They are the mating pair. If the breeding female dies, the breeding male will change to female! 

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