The bright yellow and orange colors of the clownfish help give it its familiar name as it resembles what we know as the costume of a human clown. There are more than 30 species of clownfish, also called anemonefish, and some can also have red or black coloring.
They make their homes inside what are called “host anemones”; each helps the other by providing food sources as well as protection. Clownfish also eat zooplankton, algae and sometimes the tentacles of the anemones.
Clownfish grow to about seven inches and live primarily in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Young clownfish are male when first born, then become females as they grow to adulthood.
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