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Clown fish

Clown fish
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Copyright: Tim Gordon (timtim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-04
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): *Under the Sea* [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 20:45
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Points: 50
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I'm back from my Holiday, These little guys were The highlight of the trip.(Put my olympus 770sw to good use)

Ocellaris Clownfish and Sea Anemone.
Tomato Clownfishes and Sea Anemone.Native to wide ranges of the warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans; some species ranges overlap others. Clownfish are not found in the Atlantic Ocean. Clownfish live in a mutual relationship with sea anemones, or in some cases settle in some varieties of soft corals, or large polyp stony corals when an anemone is not available. If the fish settles in a coral, it could agitate the fish's skin, and in some cases, may kill the coral. Once an anemone or coral has been adopted, the clownfish will defend it.

The anemone is required in nature because reef life is dangerous for small, brightly coloured fish; in an aquarium lacking predators it is not needed. For this reason, clownfish never stray far from their host. In an aquarium, where they don't have to forage for food, it is very common for clownfish to remain within 6 to 12 inches of their host for an entire lifetime.

Clownfish and damselfish are the only species of fish which can avoid the potent stings of an anemone. There are several theories for how this avoidance is accomplished. Firstly, the slime coating of the fish may be based on sugar rather than proteins so anemones fail to recognize the fish as food and do not fire their nematocysts, or sting organelles.

Maldive anemonefish are sometimes called Black-footed clownfish due to their black pelvic and anal fins.Secondly, the mucous coating may mimic the anemone's own coating, a theory that is bolstered by the fact that it takes several days for a clownfish to adapt to a new species of anemone. There is no adaptation period when a clownfish is moved to another anemone of the same species.

Thirdly, their unique movements, which are unlike any other fish, may let the anemone know that they are not food. This theory is bolstered by the fact that juvenile clownfish, which have no coating, will immediately seek refuge in any compatible anemone and will not be stung. Juvenile clownfish will not survive for long without the protection of an anemone, and few find one before being eaten.

Clownfish live in their anemone in groups. Usually a female lives with other males. When the dominant female dies the head male changes sex and becomes the female.

Clownfish lay eggs on any flat surface close to or under protection of their host anemones. These eggs are cared for by the male and hatched under complete darkness after a period of 7 to 10 days. Hatching occurs in a natural rhythm directly connected to the phases of the moon. Clownfish are omnivorous, their diets range from flakes to meat. They feed mostly on copepods and mysids, the undigested excrement from their host anemones.

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WOW, great shot Tim, really a beautiful photo, colors and details r great. TFS


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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-07-07 21:38]

Great capture! Love these Nemo guys there so cute! Nice colors and details. TFS

Beautiful photo.
Veri nice Tomato Clownfishes.

Hi Tim,
Great shot of this colorful smiling fish!

Hello Tim,
Well captured! Good crisp detail, and a wonderful expression. Very nice photo of clown!

Hello Tim
A beautiful image with good colour and lovely light.Well composed and presented.

ciao Tim.. beutifull capture.. clownfish is the same name in italian.. nice color, so intense.. great details.. i love it

Hi Tim,
excellent capture with fine details... love it!. was he aggressive? :) TFS

Hello Tim

Beautiful visual, my favorite fish, for their colors and his wisdom in being hidden in the anemone. Great shot, beautiful visual!


Hi Tim,
Nice clown fish! Great colors. Nice note
well done,

When I look at this image I realize (again) how difficult it is to take pics of fish in a tank.
I'm not sure though if this is taken from behind the tank window or if it's taken under water...
Anyhow, under water photography is yet another skill I think.

I think you have a nice capture here. Great colors on the clownfish but I'm not so sure about the anemone... Don't know what colors they are really...
Judging the colors on the fish, the anemone must be good too.... hmm ;-)

Anyway, this is a very nice entry Tim. Good shot.


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Nemo! You have finally found the true Nemo, such an intertwined relationship between these two, well seen and exposed.



there is a looooong note but very interesting stories :)
nice and beaty fish,
nice job.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-07-11 1:14]

Hi Tim ;)
excellent shot...nice feeling...TFS
J ;)

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2007-07-12 10:17]

Hi Tim,
Great Clown fish, good colours and definition.
Nice composition,

this is marlin?? Where is nemo and dory???
great colors and details

bravo! maybe his nose is a little over exposured
but the photo is very good composed and really good colours

Hi Tim! A very nice capture of Nemo w/ different but nice tone. Will I be poisoned if I put my bare hands on this anemone?
Freddie :)

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Hi Tim,

You found Nemo ... lol
Great capture, the colours are stunning and details great.

Tfs Tracey

Hi Tim!
Great picture of the beautifull clown fish!
Nice colors and fine pov.......
Thanks a lot for sharing,

Thanks for the lesson about clownfish and anemones:) Your terrific photo caught my eye and then I found your informative note as a bonus. What a perfect combination!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-08-03 13:14]

Wow. Underwater shots are a rarity and that's a pity, as this one clearly shows, Tim. What a beautiful fish... and you captured him masterfully in those anemones.

Hi Tim;
What a nice shot,
POV and DOF are great,
Clown fish is nice too.

Thanks for sharing.

great pic tim.
I love fish
Great capture and good information.
- anil

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