Amphiprion bicinctus   Ruppell,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Kochzius, M

Size: 13.6-14 cm.

Color: Yellow orange with 2 black-edged white bands, the first running just behind the head, the second from the notch between the spinous and soft dorsal fin to the abdomen.

Head 3.0-3.3 in standard length, 3.9-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 1.9-2.1 in standard length, 2.4-2.8 in total length. Eye diameter 3.0-3.4 in head, 0.6-0.9 in snout and 1.0-1.2 in convex interorbital space. Mouth oblique, maxillary scarcely reaching to below front border of eye. Teeth in a single series in jaws. Preopercle denticulated behind. Preorbital with 2 spines, suborbital, opercle, subopercle and interopercle strongly serrated. Scales on head reaching to a line from hind border of eye; about 20 predorsal scales. Third and fourth dorsal spines longest, about 1.5 eye diameter. Pectoral fin 1/3 snout shorter than head. Ventral fin equal to head or slightly longer.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 15-16; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 13-14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 36-39; 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+20-21.

Protandrous, monogamous, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Oviparous, with elliptical eggs.

Associated with the anemones: Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractis aurora, Heteractis crispa, Heteractis magnifica, and Stichodactyla gigantea. Has been reared in captivity.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Amphiprion bicinctus Ruppell, 1830
(Senior synonym)
Amphiprion bicinctus Ruppell, 1828
Amphiprion clarkii Day, 1878
Anthia polymnus Bloch, 1792
Anthias clarkii Bennett, 1830
Amphiprion polymnus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Sparus milii Bory, 1831
Amphiprion clarckii Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
Amphiprion japonicus Schlegel, 1843
Amphiprion chrysargurus Richardson, 1846
Amphiprion xanthurus Bleeker, 1852
Amphiprion milii Thiolliere, 1856
Amphiprion polymnus Steindachner, 1861
Amphiprion clarki Gunther, 1862
Amphiprion clarckii Bleeker, 1863
Amphiprion clarkii Kner, 1867
Amphiprion bicinctus Gunther, 1866
Amphiprion xanthurus Jouan, 1867
Amphiprion bicinctus Klunzinger, 1871
Amphiprion boholensis Cartier, 1874
Amphiprion clarkii var. japonicus von Martens, 1876
Prochilus polymnus Bleeker, 1877
Prochilus xanthurus Bleeker, 1878
Amphiprion ephippium var. clarkii Gunther, 1881
Amphiprion clarkii Macleay, 1881
Amphiprion papuensis Macleay, 1883
Amphiprion clarkii Gunther, 1887
Amphiprion ephippium Day, 1889
Amphiprion xanthurus Sauvage, 1891
Amphiprion ephippium var. clarki Steindachner, 1901
Amphiprion bicinctus Seale, 1901
Amphiprion polymnus Jordan and Seale, 1902
Amphiprion polymnus Jordan and Seale, 1905
Amphiprion polymnus Steindachner, 1906
Amphiprion polymnus Jordan and Seale, 1907
Amphiprion chrysopterus Jordan and Dickerson, 1908
Amphiprion japonicus Jordan, Tanaka and Snyder, 1913
Amphiprion polymnus Whitely, 1926
Amphiprion polymnus Montalban, 1927
Amphiprion papuensis Whitely, 1928
Amphiprion polymnus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Amphiprion polymnus Fowler, 1928
Amphiprion papuensis Whitley, 1929
Amphiprion milii McCulloch, 1929
Amphiprion polymnus Verwey, 1930

Common Name (s)
• Sebea Clownfish (English)
• Two Banded Anemonefish (English)
• Twoband Anemonefish (English)
• Maugandumas (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

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


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

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