Colorful Arabian Anemones

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Last year I was fortunate enough to enjoy a dive trip in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Oman.  One of the fish I wanted to ‘tick off my list’ was Amphiprion omanensis, the clown that is endemic to the region.  As you can imagine I was also lucky enough to find some really interesting anemones as well, and, following a post about red anemones in the Red Sea, I thought I’d share the images.

The feature image (above) is the first time I have ever seen a Bubble Tip with this particular coloration.  I’ve never seen one even approaching orange; until now I’ve only ever seen the standard brown, red, and rarely, green.  I have no idea if this morph is commonplace in the Arabian Sea.

Clowns are always great subjects for portraits

Cobalt – 728

A. omnanensis is one of those clown species that shows quite significant differences in coloration between juvenile and adult phase specimens, with the youngsters having a splash of black on their dorsal, along with a black and white upper half of their caudal.

A more typical anemone

I was also able to find a particularly attractive green Bubble Tip, though small and with a single juvenile clown in it, but it made for a really colorful and unusual shot.

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 Richard Aspinall

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Richard lives in Scotland where he works as a freelance writer and photographer. Richard writes for several magazines on topics as diverse as scuba diving, travel and wildlife.

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