Saddle Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 7 to 98 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Planktonic copepods, algae, benthic crustaceans, bristle worms, hydroids
Natural History: The Saddle Clownfish is found in sand flats, slopes, and silty coastal areas, often in seagrass beds, wallowing in the tentacles of its host anemone. It is usually observed in a group with a single anemone, sometimes even hosting the same anemone with other species of clownfish. Its hosts include Stichodactyla haddoni and occasionallyHeteractus sp.. When nesting at its host anemone, the adults will bring various objects from cans to shells back to their host anemone, upon which they lay eggs. The color patterns of this species vary from individual to individual.
Husbandry: The Saddle Clownfish is one of the more peaceful clownfish species. It is rarely aggressive by nature and will acclimate better if a host anemone is provided. Generally, it can be kept in small groups with a single Stichodactyla haddoni host anemone.
AKA: Saddleback Anemonefish
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