Amphiprion sandaracinos Allen, 1972
Yellow clownfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Amphiprioninae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 20 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Christmas Island and Western Australia to the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Philippines, New Guinea, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, New Britain, and Solomon Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-18; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Description: Overall orange, horizontal stripe white mid-dorsal from snout (upper lip) to caudal peduncle (Ref. 90102). Distinguished by the thick white line running from the snout over the back (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.1-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults occur in lagoon and outer reefs in pairs and small groups (Ref. 48636). Monogamous (Ref. 55367). A protandrous hermaphrodite (Ref. 32166). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205). Associated with the anemones: Heteractis crispa and Stichodactyla mertensii (Ref. 5911). Have been reared in captivity (Ref. 35413, 35418, 35420).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.11.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.07.11
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 03.08.94

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