Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion Bleeker 1855

Other Names: White-maned Anemonefish

A Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion, at Great Detached Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, November 2001. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial


A pink to peachy-pink anemone fish with a single narrow white bar on the head behind the eye, and a pale stripe running along the back from in front of the eye to the tail base.

The Pink Anemonefish lives amongst sea anemones.

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Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion Bleeker 1855

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Recorded in the Australian region Ningaloo Reef to the Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, including offshore reefs, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, reefs in the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Capricorn Group, Queensland; also at Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, widespread in the East-Indo-West Pacific.

Inhabits reef lagoons and outer reef slopes. The Pink Anemonefish is commensal with several sea anemones, mostly with Heteractis magnifica, and also H. crispa, Macrodactyla doreensis and Stichodactyla gigantea.


Anemonefish are protandrous hermaphrodites, and individuals are capable of changing sex from male to female. Orange Anemonefish live in small groups with a dominant pair and a number of juveniles. The dominant female lays her eggs in a nest area prepared by the dominant male. He guards and aerates the eggs until the larvae hatch.


This species is traded in the aquarium industry.

Similar Species

The similar Orange Anemonefish, Amphiprion sandaracinos, lacks the narrow white bar behind the eye.

Species Citation

Amphiprion perideraion Bleeker, 1855, Natuur. Tijdschr. Neder. Indië 9: 437. Type locality: Groot Oby.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Pink Anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion Bleeker 1855


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372027

Behaviour:Lives with anemones

Biology:Able to change sex

Depth:1-38 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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