Ten Most Beautiful and Colorful Clownfish

10 colorful and beautiful species of Clownfish.

Clownfish belong to the family Pomancentridae that have about 28 known species from the subfamily Amphiprioninae. Clownfish are endemic on the temperate waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. They live side by side with sea anemones. Clownfish comes in different colors such as: orange, reddish, yellow, grayish and may bear several patch patterns. Clownfish can reach up to 18 cm (7 in) in length while the smallest species is about 10 cm (4 in). In the wild or in an aquarium, clownfish are really colorful and fascinating ones. Listed below are 10 species of clownfish that will surely thrill you.

Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus)

The maroon clownfish also known as spine-cheeked clownfish is the only species of the genus Premnas that is endemic in the Great Barrier Reef and in the Indo-Pacific. Maroon clownfish can reach a length of 17 cm and bears white strife across the body. Females are usually bigger and have a more darker color than males.

Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos)

This species of clownfish lives in lagoons of the Great barrier reefs and Western Pacific including New Caledonia and Tonga. They can grow up to 9 mm in length and adults bear an orange-brown color mark with two white bars and the body is encircled with black edging. One bar runs along the head near the eyes and the other on the body below the dorsal fin.

Red Sea (or two-banded) clownfish  (Amphiprion bicinctus)

Found mostly on coral reefs besides sea anemones in the Red Sea and western Indian Ocean . Red Sea clownfish usually is yellow-orange in color with two black-edged white bands. They can grow up to 14cm. in length.

Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)

A very popular aquarium fish, Clownfish distinguishable mark is its orange color along with three white bars and the fins’ black markings.  They can reach a length of  about 8 cm. In the wild, clownfish are found of the Indo-Pacific inhabiting coral reefs. A rare melanistic variety are found in Darwin, Australia (see photo).

Fire Clownfish (Amphirion melanopus)

This clownfish species is endemic in the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, Philippines Micronesia and southern Polynesia. It is dark red to orange in color bearing a reddish-brown “saddle” on its back. Juvenile clownfish has white head band and adults can grow up to 12 cm.

Orange Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion sandaracinos)

Another species that is popular among aquarium hobbyist, Ocellaris clownfish is bright orange in color and bear a white stripe that runs across the mouth, between the eyes and ends at the dorsal fin. They can grow up to 5.5 in. In the wild, it is found in the western Pacific Ocean. 

Saddleback Clownfish  (Amphiprion polymnus)

The saddleback clownfish is endemic in the western parts of the Pacific Ocean and eastern part of the Indian Ocean. Saddleback clownfish varies in color, from dark brown to yellow orange and a white bar runs behind the eyes. They can grow to about 12 cm. in length.

Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion)

This species of clownfish is easily be recognized by its pink to pinkish-orange color and a narrow white vertical headband. Also, a thin white stripe is visible on its head that begins at the head’s tip and runs on both sides and to the end of the dorsal fin. Pink Skunk clownfish is one of the smaller species that can  reach a maximum length of about 4 inches. It is found off the waters of Christmas Islands and in the eastern Indian Ocean.

Yellowtail Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii)

It is one species of clownfish that is widespread; found inhabiting reef slopes and lagoons in the tropical waters in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Persian Gulf, Australia, Taiwan and Japan.  Clark’s Anemonefish can easily be recognized by its two white bands, one at the back of the eye and the other above the anus. Also, the tail fin may be white or yellow.

Sebae Anemonefish (Amphiprion sebae)

A rare clownfish species One clownfish species that is endemic in India, Sri Lanka and in some parts in  the northern Pacific Ocean. It can attain a maximum length of up to 12 cm.

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44 Responses to “Ten Most Beautiful and Colorful Clownfish”
  1. monica55 Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

    There is a lot of food for thought here Papaleng. This like most of your others will make a useful contribution to marine biology. Thanks for sharing and for a job well done.

  2. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Wow! wonderful! Another great article with amazing pics. Well done papa. I really enjoyed reading your article. keep it up. Thanx 4 sharing this magnificent article.

  3. Tarra Buluran Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is very interesting and educational article.

  4. stephencardiff Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Bunch of clowns the whole lot of them… Great information on them though I didnt know that there were so many colours.. They never mentioned it in Finding Nemo.. Great article my man

  5. Andrew Davies Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Have you seen Nemo?

  6. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

    These clownfish are very attractive and amazing. But I like the one like what I saw in a “Nemo” .

  7. Jojo Skeene Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    What category does Nemo belong? A clown fish as well…Colorful article!

  8. Olivia Reason Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Another great article, Papaleng. Is Nemo the Barrier Reef Anemonefish?In the movie, he lived in an anemone on the barrier reef.
    Besides being entertaining and educational, your writings about sea life will make people think about animals and the environment. Great work.

  9. The Quail Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    This is very interesting and educational article.

  10. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

    What beautiful fish. They almost look as if they have been painted. That is a really interesting and well presented article.


  11. PR Mace Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Another well done article. I loved the pictures. Very educational.

  12. rockjuneDrock Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Good job again papaleng!

  13. payge Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Has sen these fish but never knew they had a name.But once again,a great article with very beautiful pictures.

  14. Lady Sunshine Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    So many colorful and pretty fishes. The ocean is so full of fascinating creatures. Very interesting article, papaleng. The pictures are beautiful.

  15. rutherfranc Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    can`t find Nemo.. too many colored fishes!

  16. Joe Dorish Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Clown fish are cool, love the Nemo comment.

  17. Juancav Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Colorful fishes,I wonder if they are jokers.

  18. David Cartier Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    pretty cool

  19. Mystical Whitewolf Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful article and the photos are crystal clear.

  20. Eunice Tan Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Well researched article. I learn the name of the fishes from you.

  21. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Well-researched and well-written. Great use of photos!


  22. papaleng Says...

    On March 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Guys, want to see Nemo, look at photo #4 Ocellaris clownfish, he’s the orange colored one.

  23. jo oliver Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 12:26 am

    My fav is the Red Sea. These are some great pics. thanx for the info on each species.

  24. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Nice beautiful article!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  25. macon Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 2:36 am

    where’s nemo! good work papaleng! very entertaining!

  26. kate smedley Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Excellent article, informative and educational as always.

  27. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Those fishes are so pleasing to the eyes. Nice article as always.

  28. Betty Carew Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Awesome article and pics Papaleng

  29. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On March 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    God’s handiwork is remarkable. I did an article some time back about fish and included the clown fish. The fish are truly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing & G♥d bless!

  30. Cassandra Antares Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 12:32 am

    gorgeous fish, great article!

  31. Luffy12 Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Thats Nimo on #4 pic right!

  32. nutuba Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I love your articles, papaleng!

  33. Poetic Enigma Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    This is an amazing write, very informative
    and well put together!
    amazing photographs too,
    those fish are beautiful

  34. CutestPrincess Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 4:51 am

    wow, their beautiful papaleng, now i meet the family of nemo!

  35. Anne McNew Says...

    On April 20, 2009 at 12:47 am

    those are beautiful species of fish papaleng, my dear child loved to view it. thanks for posting.

  36. hyu Says...

    On June 4, 2009 at 11:57 am


  37. to Says...

    On June 4, 2009 at 11:58 am

    waz up

  38. Clownfish facts Says...

    On August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I like the Orange Skunk Clownfish . It really has a royal look.

  39. clownfish facts Says...

    On August 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I like percula and ocellaris clownship the most.

  40. buy clownfish Says...

    On August 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Nice collections. I just love clownfish due to their extreme beauty, specially the Ocellaris Clownfish. Thanks

  41. zidan Says...

    On March 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    My favorite is the red sea anemonefish (towbanded clownfish) I have been seeing it sense I was 12 because I am an egyption and it is only found in the red sea ,about nimo ( he ) might be the ocellaris clownfish(amphiprion ocellaris) or the orang clownfish (amphiprron percula)

  42. eddiego65 Says...

    On March 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Great work! Lovely creatures.

  43. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On March 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Nemo! Found you at last. :-)

  44. real lady Says...

    On March 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Amazing and lovely creature. I love to chase them under water.

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