Wideband Anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus Waite 1900

Other Names: Blue Lip Anemonefish, Blue-lip Anemonefish, Wide-band Anemonefish, Wide-banded Anemonefish, Wide-striped Anemonefish

A Wideband Anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, 17 March 2012. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial


A very distinctive dark brown anemonefish with three white bars on the body, including a broad mid-body bar that is much wider than the mid-body bar of other Australian anemonefishes.

Although the Wideband Anemonefish usually lives in association with the host anemone Heteractis crispa, it also occurs with Entacmaea quadricolor and Stichodactyla gigantea.

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Wideband Anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus Waite 1900

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Endemic to subtropical waters of Australia, from southern Queensland to North Solitary Island, northern New South Wales, the Lord Howe Island region and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea.

Lives in a symbiotic association with the sea anemones Heteractis crispa, Entacmaea quadricolor and Stichodactyla gigantea.


Dorsal fin X, 15-16; Anal fin II, 13-14.


Grows to a maximum size of 15 cm.


Adults are dark brown with three white bars, the middle bar very wide, more than twice the width of the mid-body bar of most other anemonefishes, and a broad white margin on the caudal fin.

Small juveniles have a somewhat different colour pattern to adults. While post-settlement juveniles are black or dark brown with three white body bars like adults, the mid-body bar is narrow, extends over the second anal-fin spine and over dorsal-fin rays 3-7, and continues along the distal edge of the fin rays. The remainder of the soft dorsal fin is yellow. The bar on the caudal peduncle extends ventrally across the caudal peduncle, and along the upper margin of the caudal fin. The caudal fin is mostly yellow, with a black margin that is more pronounced posteriorly. The snout is yellow with the pigment touching the anterior edge of the eye. the spinous dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are dark.


Anemone fishes have small home ranges, live "family" groups, and males and females form strong pair bonds. When breeding, the male chooses a nesting site on bare rock close to his host anemone. He clears the site of algae and debris, often aided by the female. She lays her eggs onto this surface, and the male aerates the eggs until they hatch.

In a study of reproduction in Wideband Anemonefish at Julian Rocks (New South Wales), Richardson et al. (1997) found that females spawned up to 3 times a month during summer (December to April) with a peak during January and February. Spawning was  less frequent during the cooler months (May to November). The number of eggs per clutch ranged from about 800 to 3870 eggs.


This popular aquarium fish has been reared in captivity.

Similar Species

This distinctive anemonefish has a very wide mid-body bar that is much narrower at the top than at the bottom - and adults are unlikely to be confused with other anemonefish species.

Species Citation

Amphiprion latezonatus Waite, 1900, Rec. Aust. Mus. 3(7): 201. Type locality: Lord Howe Island


Bray, D.J. & Bray, R.D

Wideband Anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus Waite 1900


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372022

Behaviour:Lives with anemones

Biology:Able to change sex

Depth:5-45 metres

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Max Size:15 cm TL

Max Size:Reef associated


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