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Anemone Fish

Anemone Fish
Size: 5 -15cm
Range: Corals of the Indo-Pacific
Anemone fish enjoy a symbiotic relationship with certain species of anemones. Anemones have stinging cells in their tentacles to stun their food – and most fish are considered potential food. Anemone fish exude mucus which protects them from the poisonous stings of the anemone, and receive protection from predators while within the tentacles of their host. In return the anemone benefits by sharing some of the food brought to it by the fish. Example: Clown (Amphiprion oscellaris) Brightly coloured and will scuttle back to their host anemone when frightened. This fish is the star of the hit Disney movie ‘Finding Nemo’.