Ontogenetic and interspecific variation in the protection of anemonefishes
from sea anemones.
Little is known about the long-term growth rates of anemonefishes in the field, in part because these fish are negatively impacted by standard catch and re-capture methods (11-13), hence there is a need to develop a non-intrusive method to identify them and measure their body sizes.
These soft-bodied sea anemones provide a unique habitat for anemonefishes, which are protected from piscivorous fishes by the anemones' nematocysts.
The purpose of the present study was to assess the three methods of measuring small marine fishes including anemonefishes, using inexpensive techniques in the laboratory and the field.
The territorial behavior of anemonefishes toward their refections in mirrors causes them to closely approach mirrors and swim parallel to their own images, which greatly assists with video collection (8).
The three species generally differ from other anemonefishes in having an overall pale colouration, lack of white bars on the head and body, and a whitish mid-dorsal stripe on the forehead region that extends along the base of the dorsal fin.
Anemonefishes are conspicous, often photographed elements of the reef fish fauna, and their distribution has been well documented in both popular and scientific media.
The Anemonefishes, their Classification and Biology.
Field guide to anemonefishes and their host sea anemones, Western Australian Museum, Perth, 160 pp.
Any collection strong in aquarium building and marine systems moving beyond the very basic need Damselfishes and Anemonefishes
, a definitive reference covering nearly seventy families and thousands of species.
Representing four common genera, all had larval durations typical of many species towards the lower end of dispersal potential (20-25 d); anemonefishes
are assumed to have the shortest larval durations of all reef fishes, although there is some dispute about their normal age at settlement (cf.
: their classification and biology.