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Tomato Clownfish

Amphiprion Frenatus

Named for its bright red coloration, the Tomato Clownfish varies in shades from burnt orange to tomato red. Just behind the eye is a white vertical stripe. Juveniles are usually darker and have three vertical stripes. Tomato Clownfish can grow to a length of 5.5 inches, with females being larger than males.

Range & Habitat

Native to the lagoon reefs of the South China Sea, Borneo, Sumatra, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam, and southern Japan. Predominantly found in lagoon reefs with embayments. 

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Population trend is unknown. Relatively widespread in the western Pacific Ocean. Tomato clownfish are heavily exploited by collection in aquarium trade and their habitat is within areas subject to dynamite fishing. Their host anemone may be vulnerable to bleaching events thus, leaving the tomato clownfish vulnerable to predation.

Diet

In the Wild: algae, zooplankton, and small, aquatic crustaceans.

In Human Care:  brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and vitamin gelatin

Life Span

In the Wild: 6-10 years
In Human Care: up to 18 years

Fun Facts about the Tomato Clownfish

  • Share a symbiotic relationship with an anemone host like the Bubble Tip Anemone. When a Tomato Clownfish brings food back to an anemone, the anemone will eat what the Clownfish drops and in turn, it protects the clownfish from predators.
  • Most clownfish are born male, and the dominant male will change to a female.
  • Older Tomato Clownfish may turn black.

Sources

Dallas Zoo. (2021). Retrieved June 2, 2021, from https://dwazoo.com/animal/tomato-clownfish/

Jenkins, A., Allen, G., Myers, R., Yeeting, B. & Carpenter, K.E. 2017. Amphiprion frenatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: Amphiprion frenatus (iucnredlist.org)Downloaded on 03 June 2021. 

Leutheuser, K. 2004. "Amphiprion frenatus" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed June 02, 2021 at https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Amphiprion_frenatus/

Updated August 2, 2021
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