Amphiprion Percula - True Percula Clownfish
Family - Pomacentridae
Order - Perciformes
Length - 1 to 4 inches
Recognition - Orange body with black-bordered white vertical stripes along body
Habitat - Tropical saltwater in shallow reefs
Behavior - Omnivore
Residency - Pacific and Indian Oceans
Life Span - Up to 10 years
Of Special Note - The true percula clownfish is easily mistaken for its close relative, the ocellaris clownfish. The true percula clownfish has a symbiotic relationship with certain anemone species and will often choose an anemone to protect it from predators. In exchange for the protection, the clownfish will feed the anemone and clear it of waste.
This species can be kept in groups, but they must be introduced at the same time. Clownfish can be very territorial and will likely attack other species of clownfish if present in the same tank. The true percula is not as easy to breed as some of its relatives, but it can be done in captivity. After the fry hatch, they can be transferred to a refugium or small tank to grow without the threat of predators.
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