What is a Clown Fish?

What is a Clown Fish?
There are 28 species of clown fish. They are orange, yellow, maroon and many other colors. The most common clown fish – and the one that looks most like Nemo – is the percula clown fish which is bright orange with white stripes. Clown fish are between two and five inches long.

Amphiprion ocellaris (Clown anemonefish) in He...

Amphiprion ocellaris (Clown anemonefish) in Heteractis magnifica (Sea anemone) Français : Un poisson-clown à trois bandes (Amphiprion ocellaris) dans une anémone de mer (Heteractis magnifica). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where Do Clown Fish Live?
Clown fish live on the ocean floor. They are found in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Clown fish avoid being harmed by the anemones by swimming a funky dance around the anemone’s poisonous tentacles. Clowns allow the tentacles to graze their bodies until they build up an immunity to the poison. In exchange for getting food from the anemones, the clown fish clean the anemones by eating dead tentacles. Clowns also protect anemones from predators.