Tomato clownfish

Amphiprion frenatus

The tomato clownfish is a species of marine fish in the family Pomacentridae, the clownfishes and damselfishes. It is native to the waters of the Western Pacific, from the Japan to Indonesia. Other common names include blackback anemonefish, bridled anemonefish, fire clown, and red tomato clown.
Tomato Clownfish Seen in Dauin, Philippines (2012).
The adult fish is bright orange-red, with a white head bar or vertical stripe just behind the eyes, joined over the head and with a distinctive black outline. Females are mainly blackish on the sides. Males are considerably smaller and are red overall. Juveniles are a darker red, with two or three white bars. Amphiprion frenatus,Fall,Geotagged,Philippines,Tomato clownfish

Appearance

The adult fish is bright orange-red, with a white head bar or vertical stripe just behind the eyes, joined over the head and with a distinctive black outline. Females are mainly blackish on the sides. Males are considerably smaller and are red overall. Juveniles are a darker red, with two or three white bars. They have 9-10 dorsal spines, 2 anal spines, 16-18 dorsal soft rays and 13-15 anal soft rays. They reach a maximum length of 14 cm .
Taking care of Babies The Tomato Clownfish - Amphiprion frenatus like all other Clownfish/Anemonefish lays their eggs on rocks/substrate next to their Anemone home.  They tend take care of the eggs by 'cleaning' any debris that falls on them and also 'blow' to aerate the eggs. Amphiprion frenatus,Anemonefish.Clownfish,Bali,Fish,Geotagged,Indonesia,Tomato clownfish

Naming

The Australian clownfish has a similar coloration, however the female does not have the distinctive black outline of the white band, the band is poorly developed and may be discontinuous on top of the head. Geographic location is the easiest way to distinguish small juveniles as they are otherwise difficult to distinguish. The cinnamon clownfish is also similar, but has a broader white headbar and outside Melanesia it has black pelvic and anal fins.

Distribution

This species is found as far north as Ryukyu Islands, Japan, to the South China Sea and surrounding areas including Malaysia and Indonesia.

Some authors report that this species is associated with a single species of anemone, the bubble-tip anemone . Other authorities report that it may be associated with the sebae anemone , as well.

Habitat

This species is found as far north as Ryukyu Islands, Japan, to the South China Sea and surrounding areas including Malaysia and Indonesia.

Some authors report that this species is associated with a single species of anemone, the bubble-tip anemone . Other authorities report that it may be associated with the sebae anemone , as well.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderPerciformes
FamilyPomacentridae
GenusAmphiprion
SpeciesA. frenatus