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Clownfish, The Great 8, Southern Great Barrier Reef
Clownfish of The Great 8, The Southern Great Barrier Reef’s must see marine animals.
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There are 1625 species of fish living in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The clownfish is just one of these.
The clownfish achieved notoriety in the Disney feature film “Finding Nemo” as a playful and active member of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
Clownfish are small, striped fish that can be seen the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef swimming amongst the coral known as “anemones”. These fish have a unique partnership with coral that sees them live inside its stinging tentacles. This protects them from their predators and, in return the clownfish stops other fish from feasting on the coral.
Clownfish are usually seen in family groups inclusive of a male and female pair and their offspring.
These colourful fish have the incredible ability to change from male to female. If a female dies, the male will change sex in order to reproduce. Usually the larger clownfish are female.