Year of 2017

Pretty in Pink
Pink skunk clownfish in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Like most clownfish, the pink skunk species has a thick layer of mucus on the surface of its body that allows it to swim safely among the stinging tentacles of the sea anemone. Few predators will risk getting stung in exchange for a clownfish meal, so the pink skunks are relatively safe. And that name? It’s called the ‘skunk’ because of the white stripe that runs down the middle of its back.

Amphiprion perideraion also known as the pink skunk clownfish or pink anemonefish, is a species of anemonefish from the skunk complex that is widespread from northern Australia through the Malay Archipelago and Melanesia. Like all anemonefishes it forms a symbiotic mutualism with sea anemones and is unaffected by the stinging tentacles of the host anemone. It is a sequential hermaphrodite with a strict sized based dominance hierarchy: the female is largest, the breeding male is second largest, and the male non-breeders get progressively smaller as the hierarchy descends. They exhibit protandry, meaning the breeding male will change to female if the sole breeding female dies, with the largest non-breeder becomes the breeding male.
Scientific name: Amphiprion perideraion
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Amphiprion