Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, Red Sea
Location in the Zoo
Kipp Aquarium, Natural Encounters
Cool Animal Fact
Both the anemone and clownfish live in a symbiotic relationship, meaning the anemone benefits from the presence of the clownfish, while the clownfish benefits from living with the anemone. It is thought that the clownfish feeds upon parasites and debris amongst the anemone’s tentacles, and in return scares away fish that may prey upon the anemone, as well as giving the anemone better water circulation as it fans its fins while swimming around. It is possible that the clownfish also lures fish for the anemone to kill and eat.