Saddleback Anemonefish, Amphiprion polymnus (Linnaeus 1758)

Other Names: Brownsaddle Clownfish, Panda Anemonefish, Panda Clownfish, Saddle Back Clown, Saddleback Clownfish, White-tipped Anemonefish, Yellow-finned Anemone-fish

A male Saddleback Anemonefish, Amphiprion polymnus, tending eggs at Onna-son, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Found in silty areas, the Saddleback Clownfish has two colour morphs: the most common is usually rusty orange with a broad white band on the head, a broad saddle-like marking or band on the back and soft dorsal fin, and a broad white margin on the caudal fin. The other morph is dark-bodied with white banding, often with yellow to orange on the snout, pectoral fins and sometimes on the caudal fin.

Video of Saddleback Anemonefish in Truk Lagoon.

Video of a pair of Saddleback Anemonefish with their eggs at Basilan in the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines.

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Saddleback Anemonefish, Amphiprion polymnus (Linnaeus 1758)

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Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, to inshore waters inside the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical Western Pacific east to the Solomon Islands, and north to the Ryukyu Islands, southern Japan.

Inhabits silty lagoons and harbours, living in a commensal association with the sea anemones Heteractis crispa, Macrodactyla doreensis and Stichodactyla haddoni, in depths between 2-30 m.


Saddleback Anemonefish are protandrous hermaphrodites, changing sex from male to female during their life cycle. They form monogamous pairs, and after spawning, the males guard and aerate the developing eggs. 

Species Citation

Perca polymna Linnaeus, 1758, Systema Naturae 1: 291.  Type locality: Indies.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Saddleback Anemonefish, Amphiprion polymnus (Linnaeus 1758)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372138

Behaviour:Lives with anemones


Depth:2-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated - silty lagoons & harbours

Max Size:13 cm TL

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