Clownfish and Host Anemone Matches

Clownfishes and their Favorite Houses

Clownfish/Host Anemone matches lists Clownfish which are common in saltwater aquariums and the Host Sea Anemones which they prefer to live in. As with any critter in the ocean, nothing is cast in stone and many Clownfish will not go anywhere near their "preferred" anemone. Clownfish have been known to host many things other than anemones, including feather dusters and Toadstool Corals after rejecting every anemone presented to it.

Some aquarists believe that tank raised Clownfish do not...MORE host anemones as readily as wild caught Clownfish after a few generations, the reasoning being that their parents and grandparents have never seen anemones and therefore have lost the instinct or need for the protection from potential predators. This theory has not been proven to be accurate, but it is potentially possible.

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    Cinnamon, Red & Black (Amphiprion melanopus) Clownfish

    Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus) in anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Steve's Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef
    Richard Ling/Wikimedia Commons

    Host Anemones:

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    Clark's, "Sebae", Yellowtail (Amphiprion clarkii) Clownfish

    Clark's Clownfishes (Amphiprion clarkii). Dan Dernbach

    Host Anemones:

    • Carpet Sea Anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum)
    • Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
    • Beaded (Aurora) Sea Anemone (Heteractis aurora), Leathery (Sebae) Sea Anemone (Heteractis crispa), Magnificent Sea Anemone (H. magnifica), Sabae Sea Anemone (H. malu)
    • Corkscrew (Long Tentacle) Sea Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis)
    • Giant Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), Haddon's (Saddleback Carpet) Sea Anemone (S. haddoni), Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (S. mertensii)
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    Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus). R. Tebben

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    Ocellaris, False Percula (Amphiprion ocellaris) Clownfish

    False Percula Clownfish in a Bubble-Tip Anemone. Bill Paterno

    Host Anemones:

    • Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)
    • Giant Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (S. mertensii)
    • May adapt to Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) in aquariums. Also known to host the Haddon's Saddle Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).
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    Orange Skunk Clownfish. Michael Jensen

    Host Anemones:

    • Leathery (Sebae) Sea Anemone (Heteractis crispa)
    • Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (S. mertensii)
    • May adapt to other anemones in aquariums.
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    Percula, True Percula, Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) Clownfish

    Percula Clownfish in host Bubble-Tip Anemone. Brad Read

    Host Anemones:

    • Leathery (Sebae) Sea Anemone (Heteractis crispa), Magnificent Sea Anemone (H. magnifica)
    • Giant Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea), Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (S. mertensii)
    • May adapt to Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) and other anemones in aquariums.
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    Pink Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion). Karen Zomick

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    Fire Clownfish. Jon Thwaite

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    Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus). Mitchel Davis

    Host Anemones:

    • Haddon's (Saddleback Carpet) Sea Anemone (S. haddoni)
    • Leathery (Sebae) Sea Anemone (Heteractis crispa)
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    Sebae, Seba's (Amphiprion sebae) Clownfish

    Host Anemones:

    • Haddon's (Saddleback Carpet) Sea Anemone (S. haddoni)
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    Skunk (Amphiprion akallopisos) Clownfish

    Skunk Clownfish (Amphipirion akallopisos). Jim Shaffer

    Host Anemones:

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    Tomato Clownfish. Jason Hendrix

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