Orangefin Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus Cuvier 1830

Other Names: Orange-fin Anemonefish

An Orangefin Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus, on Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved


A relatively large yellowish to dark brown anemonefish with two bluish-white bands. The front of the head, dorsal, pectoral and pelvic fins are yellow, and the anal fin dark is brown to blackish (in Australia). Juveniles are a dull orange.

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Orangefin Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus Cuvier 1830

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Ashmore Reef, Coral Sea (10°10'S) to the outer Great Barrier Reef, NE of Great Keppel Island (22°02'S) QLD, Osprey Reef (13°58'S) and Holmes Reef (16°28'S), Coral Sea. Found elsewhere in the Western-central Pacific.

The Orangefin Anemonefish prefers reef channels, passages and outer reef slopes in depths to 30 m.


Dorsal fin X-XI, 15-17; Anal fin II, 13-14.


Feeds on zooplankton, algae, marine worms and pelagic tunicates.


The sexes are separate and fertilization is external. Orangefin Anemonefish form breeding pairs, and females spawn their demersal, adhesive eggs onto a specially-prepared nest on a hard substrate. The eggs are then guarded and aerated mostly by the male until they hatch after about a week.

The species lives in association with a number of species of anemone, including Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractis aurora, Heteractis crispa, Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla haddoni and Stichodactyla mertensii.


Traded in the aquarium industry.

Species Citation

Amphiprion chrysopterus Cuvier, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 5: 401. Type locality: Palau (neotype, type locality unknown in original description).


Dianne J. Bray

Orangefin Anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus Cuvier 1830


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372021

Biology:Lives with anemones

Depth:1-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:17 cm TL

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