Australian Anemonefish, Amphiprion rubrocinctus Richardson 1842

Other Names: Northwest Anemonefish, Red Anemonefish, Redgirdled Anemonefish

An Australian Anemonefish, Amphiprion rubrocinctus, at Cape Leveque, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution


A dark brown to blackish anemonefish with a reddish snout, breast, belly and fins, and a whitish to pale pink bar on the head that lacks a distinct black margin. The head bar may be poorly developed in adults.

The Australian Anemonefish is found only in north western Australia.

Video of an Australian Anemonefish.

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Australian Anemonefish, Amphiprion rubrocinctus Richardson 1842

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Endemic to northwestern Australia from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory.

Usually commensal with the large sea anemones Entacmaea quadricolor and Stichodactyla gigantea.

Species Citation

Amphiprion rubrocinctus Richardson, 1842, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 9(59): 391. Type locality: Neotype WAM P.4474–001, Broome, Western Australia (type locality originally Depuch Island, WA).


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Australian Anemonefish, Amphiprion rubrocinctus Richardson 1842


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372028

Behaviour:Lives with sea anemones

Biology:Changes sex

Depth:1-8 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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