Cinnamon clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus) or fire clownfish is a widely distributed clownfish. It is chiefly found in the western and southern parts of the Pacific Ocean, but can also be found in more central parts of the Pacific Ocean. It is also encountered in the waters off northern and western Australia.
They are one of the larger clown fish and can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older, and particularly to other clownfish.
Cinnamon clownfish adults can grow to 12 cm (4.7 inches), and the female is usually bigger than the male.
The cinnamon clownfish is a dark red to orange with a mahogany "saddle" on its back. Juveniles and adults have a white head band, which is wide and starts behind the eye, which turns a nice blue with age. The fins of the fish have a lighter color than the rest of the fish and can sometimes be a cinnamon color.
Host sea anemones:
- Entacmaea quadricolor - bubble-tip or purple base anemone (usually)
- Heteractis crispa - leathery sea anemone (occasionally)
- Heteractis magnifica - magnificent sea anemone (rarely)
The fish has a healthy diet. It is an omnivore in nature, meaning they will consume a variety of different food types, but it mainly eats zooplankton. This fish will accept certain foods in the home aquarium, including flakes, brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, algae, and pellets
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- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Amphiprion melanopus" in FishBase. 10 2005 version.
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