Pink Skunk Clownfish, also known as Pink Anemonefish, is a marine fish species found in areas from northern Australia to Melanesia.
This fish has a special relationship with sea anemones, where it can live among their stinging tentacles without harm.
Pink Skunk Clownfish are active during daylight hours and don’t burrow in the sand.
They usually live with specific types of anemones and can coexist with other similar fish species.
These fish have been successfully bred in captivity and are safe for coral reefs.
Pink Skunk Clownfish Interesting Facts
- Pink Skunk Clownfish live among sea anemones’ stinging tentacles without getting harmed.
- Social structure is size-based: largest female, breeding male, then smaller non-breeding males.
- Males change gender if the main female dies and protect the laid eggs.
- These fish are successfully bred in captivity and are safe for coral reefs.
Pink Skunk Clownfish Habitat
Pink Skunk Clownfish is found in the Western Pacific, from the Gulf of Thailand to Samoa and Tonga, including the Ryukyu Islands in the north, and south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia.
Its habitat includes marine and brackish waters near reefs. This fish doesn’t migrate and lives at depths of 1 to 38 meters.
It thrives in tropical regions with coordinates ranging from 34°N to 22°S latitude and 96°E to 156°E longitude.
Pink Skunk Clownfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 3.9 inches (10.0 centimeters)
Pink Skunk Clownfish grows up to 3.9 inches (10.0 centimeters) long. This fish has 9 to 10 dorsal spines (spiny rays on the top fin) and 16 to 17 dorsal soft rays.
It also has 2 anal spines and 12 to 13 anal soft rays. Pink Skunk Clownfish is orange in color with see-through fins.
It has a white stripe that follows its back from the nose to the tail base. There’s also a white vertical stripe between its head and body.
Its body depth ranges from 2.1 to 2.7 times smaller than its standard length (SL).
Pink Skunk Clownfish Reproduction
Pink Skunk Clownfish fish have an interesting social structure based on size.
The largest is the female, followed by the breeding male, and then non-breeding males get smaller down the hierarchy.
If the main female dies, the breeding male changes into a female and the largest non-breeder becomes the new breeding male.
Pink Skunk Clownfish are monogamous and lays eggs to reproduce. They mate for life, both out of necessity and choice. The eggs stick to surfaces underwater.
Male fish protect and provide oxygen to the eggs. Each couple produces several batches of eggs each year, totaling 2,000 to 4,000 eggs annually.
They change gender when they reach a size of 2.1 inches (around 5.4 cm) in length.