Amphiprion omanensis in the Wild

Richard AspinallBy Richard Aspinall 4 months agoNo Comments

I’m not sure how many people have ever seen one of these before, so I thought it would be worthwhile to share once more these images from a few years back.

As you can tell by the name, this is a fish found off the coast of Oman, in this case the southern coast, so the north of the Indian ocean.  As you can see the fish has some interesting characteristics, such as the stripes atop the rear fins and the darker ventral region, something you see in Amphiprion nigripes, found (relatively nearby) in the Maldives and Chagos archipelagos.

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As the fish matures, the white stripes become relatively narrower and the fish takes on a deeper color.  Some fish seem to have a little hint of a brownish hue, whilst others remain bright.

Happily, for me, they are quite stubborn in their nature and will hunker down in their ‘nems allowing me to get some decent shots.  This is not the case for all clowns; with some I end up chasing them around their hosts.

Talking of hosts: I found them on Heteractis crispa and Entacmaea quadricolor.  I should draw your attention to the main image and that gorgeous green bubble tip.

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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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