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Pink skunk clownfish

Amphiprion perideraion

Description: Pink skunk clownfish are usually pink to pinkish orange in color with pale to transparent fins. They have a white dorsal stripe extending from the head to the caudal tail and a second, vertical, stripe between the head and the rest of the body.

Size: They reach a maximum of four inches (10 cm) in length.

Behavior: Pink skunk clownfish live in a symbiotic relationship (this means they benefit from living with the sea anemone and the sea anemone benefits from their presence) with various sea anenomes. Like other members of the genus Amphiprion, they occupy a single anemone host for their entire life, rarely swimming more than several feet away. A group generally consist of one dominant female and several males.

Diet: Their diet consists of copepods, algae, isopods and zooplankton.

Reproduction: Before spawning, the female and male swim side-by-side. The female releases her eggs, around 300, onto the previously built nest (under the protection of the anemones tentacles) then the male passes over the eggs, fertilizing them. Once the eggs hatch, they take on a planktonic form where they are carried from the natal host anemone and float in the water column. At the end of their larval stage, they enter a juvenile stage where they metamorphose – develop the white bands and migrate to different depths of water and host anemones.

Habitat/range: Pink skunk clownfish are distributed throughout the tropical regions of the western Pacific and Indian Oceans where they are found in lagoons and seaward reefs.

Status: Not classified on the IUCN Red List.