Amazing Video Shows 5 Sympatric Clownfishes in Solomon Islands

29 Nov, 2014

Screenshot from Andy Lewis' video showing 5 species of Clownfishes all sharing a large anemone in the Solomon Islands.

Screenshot from Andy Lewis’ video showing 5 species of Clownfishes all sharing a large anemone in the Solomon Islands.

Researching clownfish in the wild continues to drive me to investigate videos I would have never otherwise seen.

This particular video, by Andy Lewis and shot at Mbikiki Island, Vona Vona Lagoon, Solomon Islands, caught my attention because most of us believe that in any given anemone, we typically would find only one particular familial group of clownfishes.  This video turns everything on its ear, showing a total of 5 species all sharing the same small space on the reef.

Turn the audio down when you watch this one – it has a high pitched whining noise in the soundtrack!

In total, the species in this anemone include Amphiprion melanopus (Cinnamon Clownfish), A. perideraion (Pink Skunk Clownfish), A. sandarcinos (Orange Skunk Clownfish), A. clarkii (Clark’s Clownfish) and the “hybrid species” Amphiprion leucokranos (White Bonnet Clownfish). Perhaps even more noteworthy is the high number of “rare” A. leucokranos all living together in this one group.

Video Source: Andy Lewis on Youtube

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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