Photos of clownfish and damsel fish from Raja Ampat in Indonesia
Several species of clown fish with different liveries, living in symbiosis with a wide variety of anemones, are found in large numbers in West Papua, especially in the protected lagoons. Damsel fish are also found here, often swimming in groups of hundreds of individuals.
Sea anemone photo. A big purplish sea anemone grows around the leaf corals and is home to a small clown fish.
Clown fish photos. Among the sea anemones belonging to the genera Heteractis and Stoichactis, a symbiosis with clownfish is usually established. The latter take advantage of the stinging tentacles of the sea anemones, to which they are immune, to defend themselves from predators, while in return the sea anemone is cleaned from parasites usually eat by clownfish. In the photos, an Amphiprion frenatus.
Clown fish picture. Raja Ampat is home to a wide variety of sea anemones, where you can find different species of clownfish.
Photos of clownfish. The beautiful livery of Amphiprion ocellaris, very similar to that of 'Amphiprion percula, was probably the inspiration for the famous cartoon "Finding Nemo"
Photo of a clown fish having a particularly dark livery.
Pictures of clownfish. A big anemone, showing thick tentacles of an intense greenish coloration, hosts several clownfish belonging to Amphiprion ocellaris
Photo of Amphiprion
More photos of clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
, very similar to Amphiprion percula
Photo of sea anemone very flat-shaped and apparently not hosting any clownfish.
Pictures of Amphiprion percula
(photo to the left) and of Amphiprion clarkii
(photo to the right).
Pictures of sea anemone hosting a clown fish.
In the protected lagoons of the various islands within Raja Ampat, there are many fish that live in small schools around the corals. In this photo, some cardinal fish whose livery if very similar to the backdrop.
A group of fish belonging to genus Pomacentrus, swimming around a coral within the protected lagoon of an island.
Small fish showing an intense blue coloration, are safe from larger predators, using the thick branches of an Acropora as a refuge.
Damsel fish photos. Fish of various colors, generally classified as "damsel fish", swimming among the corals.
Other small fish finding a shelter between corals.
Damselfish pictures. Dascyllus aruanus and Pomacentrus moluccensis swimming around an Acropora.
Other fish that can be placed in the group commonly known as damsel fish. On the top photos, a damsel fish belonging to the genus Neglyphidodon.
Photos of razor fish. The razor fish (Aeoliscus) is so named because of its thickness: in this picture we can see only those oriented towards the wider side, as they are extremely thin. They swim by rotating on themselves, so when they are oriented along the thinner side, they become for a moment invisible, thus confusing the predators.
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