Amphiprion sebae   Bleeker,  1853 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Field, R.

Size: 11.5 - 16 cm.

Color: Often all yellow or has a yellow band. In Bali, they are mostly black.

Height 2-2.2, 2.7-2.9 in length with caudal. Head 3-3.2, 3.8-4.1 in length with caudal. Length of head 1.1-1.2 in its height. Eye 3-3.5, 1-1.2 in snout and 1-1.3 in convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Rather strong conical teeth in a single row in both jaws. Preorbital with a single spine posteriorly, directed downwards. Suborbital with a few feeble spines posteriorly, sometimes inconspicuous. Hind border of preopercle and sometimes also inferior border with rather fine denticulations. Interopercle, and especially subopercle and opercle with strong serrations. Opercular bones scaly. Preopercular limb naked. Scales reaching on head about half diameter of eye behind a line connecting hind borders of eyes, sometimes almost reaching that line. 12-16 rows of scales before dorsal. Second or third to sixth dorsal spines longest, equal to snout, tenth a little more than half diameter of eye much shorter than first dorsal ray. Soft dorsal rounded, much higher than spinous part, the longest ray equal to snout and half diameter of eye together. First anal spine half length of second, or a little less or more. Second spine equal to eye or nearly so. Soft anal rounded, as deep as soft dorsal. Pectorals rounded, equal to ventrals and to head without snout. Caudal truncate or slightly rounded. Dorsal spines (total): 10-11, Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-17, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 13-14.

Protandrous, external fertilization, guarders of eggs.

Associated with the anemone Stichodactyla haddoni (usually) and Cryptodendrum adhaesivum (rarely).

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Amphiprion sebae Gunther, 1887
Prochilus sebae Bleeker, 1877
Amphiprion sebae Day, 1877
Amphiprion sebae Perugia, 1889
Amphiprion sebae Thurston, 1895
Amphiprion sebae Johnstone, 1904
Amphiprion sebae Tate Regan, 1908
Amphiprion sebae Ahl, 1926
Amphiprion sebae Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Yellowtail Clownfish (English)
• Sebae Clownfish (English)
• Sebae Anemonefish (English)
• Brown Clownfish (English)
• Yellow Tailed Anemone Fish (English)
• Yellow-tailed Anemone fish (English)
• Sebae Clown
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium, Ornamental fish)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Plants, benthic algae/weeds, zooplankton, other planktonic invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ariel Bay INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mohanpur INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mayabunder INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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