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Did you love watching Finding Nemo? Do you now want to know some facts about clownfish, if so read these top facts here!
- Clownfish are sometimes known as anemonefish.
- They belong to the damselfish family.
- They have distinctive black, white and orange markings.
- They make their homes amongst reefs.
- Female clownfish lay up to a thousand eggs on coral or rocks on anemones.
- Eggs can be laid all year around.
- Some females even lay eggs in amongst the anemones.
- Males guard the eggs until they hatch after four or five days.
- To catch their prey, clownfish swim onto the reef where they attract larger fish, which are stung by the anemones.
- The anemone then eats the larger fish, leaving the remains for the clownfish.
- As well as fish remains, clownfish eat algae and plankton.
- They can grow between two to five inches.
- Clownfish can be kept as saltwater aquariums or tanks as pets.
- In captivity, they can live up to five years.
- Clownfish became hugely popular due to the 2003 Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, in which a nervous clownfish searches for his missing son.
- All clown fish are born male and some develop female reproductive organs when needed.