White Stripe Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus)

Description:
A maroon-colored clownfish with three white stripes.

Natural Ecology:
This species naturally lives among the tentacles of bubble-tip anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor). This natural behavior protects wild clownfishes from predators. Proaquatix clownfishes do not require anemone hosts but will accept them if present. This species is a case of convergent evolution, where it has independently evolved symbiosis with anemones, without inheriting this trait from phylogenetic relatedness to Amphiprion.

Indigenous To:
Range extends from western Indonesia to Vanuatu, northward to Taiwan, and southward to northern Great Barrier Reef.

Behavior:
Like all clownfishes, Premnas biaculeatus is a sequential hermaphrodite. The largest individual present will exert dominance and become reproductively female. The next largest fish will become reproductively male. The female will not tolerate other smaller individuals.

Compatibility:
Usually ignores reef invertebrates and corals. Clownfishes sometimes adopt various corals and algae as substitutes for host anemones.

Food:
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.

 

 

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