Amphiprion nigripes   Regan,  1908 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 11 cm TL (male).

Color: Yellow; lower sides of chest and abdomen somewhat violet in large specimens; a pearly white transverse bands, a little less than an eye diameter in breadth narrowly edged with violet running from nape ventrally across hind margin of preopercle and anterior part of opercle to posterior side of interopercle. Dorsal, caudal and pectoral yellow; ventral and anal blackish.

Head 3.1-3.3 in standard length, 3.9-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.1-2.4 in standard length, 2.7-3.1 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.8 in head, 0.7-0.9 in snout and 1.0-1.2 in convex interorbital space. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Teeth in a single series in jaws, those anteriorly compressed. 3rd, 4th and 5th dorsal fin spines subequal, as long as 1.3 diameter of eye. Pectoral fin about 1/2 length of snout shorter than head. Ventral fin slightly shorter than pectoral. Caudal fin subtruncate. Preopercle with 4-5 rows of scales. 54 to 58 scales in a longitudinal series. Preorbital with 2 spines, suborbital with 12-15 serrations, preopercle border coarsely denticulate; opercle, subopercle and posterior part of interopercle with radiating striae and strong serrations.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 16-17; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 13-14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 16-17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 31-36; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 6-7+1+19-20; gill raker count: 4-5+1+11-13.

Protandrous, external fertilization, guarders, nesters.

Associated with the anemone Heteractis magnifica.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Maldives Clown (English)
• Maldive Anemonefish (English)
• Black Footed Clown Fish (English)
• Pushpachala (Malayalam)
• Maugandumas
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium, ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, zooplankton


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at -
  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System Available at -
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2003) Habitat distribution and species diversity of coral reef fishes in the reefslope of the Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(1) 88-98 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at -

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