Orange Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion sandaracinos)
The Orange Skunk clownfish is pale orange with a single white stripe that runs down the dorsal ridge from the superior lip to the caudal peduncle.
This species naturally lives among the tentacles Sebae anemones (Heteractis crispa) and Mertens’ arpet anemones (Stichodactyla mertensii). This natural behavior protects wild clownfishes from predators. Proaquatix clownfishes do not require anemone hosts but will accept them if present.
They are found in the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, north western Australia, Christmas Island, Melanesia, and Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan.
Like all clownfishes, Amphiprion sandaracinos is a sequential hermaphrodite. The largest individual present will exert dominance and become reproductively female. The next largest fish will become reproductively male. Other smaller individuals are rarely tolerated. Presence of the female significantly impedes the growth rate of the male.
Usually ignores reef invertebrates and corals. Clownfishes sometimes adopt various corals and algae as substitutes for host anemones.
Proaquatix specimens have been weaned to take aquarium pellets and flakes. Freshly frozen invertebrates such as ocean plankton, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and chopped squid will be readily accepted.