Clownfish are a type of warm water fish, which are very attractive because of the brightly colored bodies. They belong to the damsel fish group and share a symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone in order to survive.
The clownfish breed the year round and lay eggs in large batches. They hatch within four to five days after laying the eggs. The males usually protect and guard them for these four to five days. Some of the not-so-lucky eggs and the newborn fish are eaten away by the other fish. Others who manage to survive normally live up to three to five years of age.
The primary mode of survival of a clownfish is by maintaining a symbiotic relationship or a mutually beneficial relationship with the sea anemone. The clownfish live under the protection of the tentacles of the anemone and feed on the remains of the fish attacked and eaten by it.
Whenever the clownfish leaves the comforts of the sea anemone tentacles, it gets unwanted attention from the other fish, predator in nature. But upon following the clownfish, they lead themselves directly into the tentacles of the anemone, which are poisonous in nature. The anemone then stings the predator fish with them and, thus, the clownfish gets protected. This is a vital role played by the benefactor in the survival of the fish. They themselves do not get hurt by the tentacles because early in their life, they acquire immunity against them. Apart from the debris of the ocean, clownfish also eat the algae found on the mill reef and the planktonic crustaceans.
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