Cinnamon clownfish

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Fire clownfish
Amphiprion melanopus (Black anemonefish) in Heteractis magnifica (Magnificent anemone).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Genus: Amphiprion
Species: A. melanopus
Binomial name
Amphiprion melanopus
Bleaker, 1852

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.[1]

They are omnivorous, and will eat a variety of meat food items and algae.


They are one of the larger clown fish and can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older, and particularly to other clownfish.

In captivity[edit]

The species has successfully been bred in an aquarium.[2] It may move or cover corals with sand.[2] The cinnamon clownfish may become territorial and aggressive once established in a tank.[2]


Cinnamon clownfish adults can grow to 12 cm (4.7 inches), and the female is usually bigger than the male.[2]

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.[1]


Amphiprion melanopus (Red and black anemonefish) colony in Entacmaea quadricolor (Bubble sea anemones)

Host sea anemones:


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[3]


  1. ^ a b Cinnamon clownfish fact sheet. (2004). Retrieved December 6, 2012, from Aquatic Community website
  2. ^ a b c d Lougher, Tristan (2006). What Fish?: A Buyer's Guide to Marine Fish. Interpet Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 0-7641-3256-3. 
  3. ^ Sea and Reef Clownfish. (2012). Retrieved December 10, 2012, from Sea and Reef website

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