Eastern Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula (Lacépède 1802)

Other Names: Clown Anemonefish, Orange Anemonefish, Orange Anemone-fish, Orange Clownfish

An Eastern Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, March 2014. Source: Lyle Vail via Anne Hoggett / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

This well-known anemonefish from the animated movie  "Finding Nemo" is orange with 3 white bars that often bulge forwards and have relatively broad black margins. The Eastern Clown Anemonefish lives in association with the sea anemones Heteractis crispa, H. magnifica and Stichodactyla gigantea.

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Eastern Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula (Lacépède 1802)

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Recorded in Australia from the Murray Islands to the Capricorn Group, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Found elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.

On outer reefs, the species usually associates with Heteractis crispa and H. magnifica, while on sheltered inshore reefs it lives with Stichodactyla gigantea.


A protandrous hermaphrodite that lives in a group of up to 6 individuals. The group comprises a breeding pair and 0-4 non-breeders. The female is the largest, and the male is the second largest fish. If the female disappears, her male partner changes sex to become the breeding female, while the largest non-breeder becomes the breeding male.

Species Citation

Lutjanus percula Lacépède, 1802, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 4: 194, 239. Type locality: Port Praslin, New Britain.


Dianne J. Bray

Eastern Clown Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula (Lacépède 1802)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372026

Behaviour:Lives with anemones

Biology:Able to change sex

Depth:1-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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