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Clown fish and their ability to change sex

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Clown fish and their ability to change sex. Clown fish are extremely popular with hobbyists because of its attractive appearance and unpretentious. It seems that she was not at all uneasy – even the poisonous tentacles of a special type of coral that inhabits a clown fish. Clown fish are extremely curious, and always swim up to the appeared near her home diver. But this fish is also distinguished by a wonderful ability to change their sex. When dying, reproductive female, the male clown fish turns itself into a female to select and then a another male.

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Clownfish are initially male; the most dominant fish in a group becomes female.

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

In a group of clownfish, there is a strict dominance hierarchy. The largest and most aggressive female is found at the top. Only two clownfish, a male and a female, in a group reproduce through external fertilization. Clownfish are sequential hermaphrodites, meaning that they develop into males first, and when they mature, they become females. If the female clownfish is removed from the group, such as by death, one of the largest and most dominant males will become a female. The remaining males will move up a rank in the hierarchy.

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris

Amazing clown fish

Amazing clown fish

In the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo, there were two clownfish who both played a very prominent role in the film.