Saddleback clownfish (Amphiprion_polymnus)
Dauin, Oct 4, 2012.
Like any other clownfishes, they are observed to live with a symbiotic relationship with an anemone, mostly the Saddle carpet anemone or the Sebae anemone, for its protection. It can reach a length of about 4.6 inches at maximum and is considered omnivore since it eats small crustaceans and algae. Its color may vary from yellow orange to dark brown with a thick white bar behind its eyes. Its name originated from the slanted or saddle shaped white bar across the middle section of the body of the fish. In some of this fish’s variety, the saddle shape can extend to the Dorsal fin of the fish with a margin or white bar crossing its caudal peduncle. Studies show that the color of the fish is somehow related to the host anemone.
Widely distributed in the Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands, Viet Nam, Indonesia, China, Gulf of Thailand, Philippines, Australia, New Guinea, Taiwan, New Britain, and Solomon Islands. It can also be found at the eastern parts of the Indian Ocean.
''Amphiprion polymnus'', also known as the saddleback clownfish or yellowfin anemonefish, is a black and white species of anemonefish with a distinctive saddle. Like all anemonefishes it forms a symbiotic mutualism with sea anemones and is unaffected by the stinging tentacles of the host anemone. It is a sequential hermaphrodite with a strict sized based dominance hierarchy: the female is largest, the breeding male is second largest, and the male non-breeders get progressively smaller as the hierarchy.. more