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Amphiprion perideraion

Amphiprion perideraion, also known as the pink skunk clownfish or pink anemonefish, is a species of anemonefish that is widespread from northern Australia through the Malay Archipelago and Melanesia.

Its body is pink to peach and displays a white stripe along the dorsal ridge. Meanwhile, this fish also has a white head bar running vertically just behind the eye. While the largest species of anemonefish can reach a length of 18 cm (7.1 in), this species is one of the smallest species. Its females grow to a length of only 10 cm (3.9 in).

Like all anemonefish, this species forms a symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone. This is possible because they are unaffected by the anemone’s stinging tentacles.

This fish is also a hermaphrodite. It displays a strict, sized-based dominance hierarchy. That is, the female is largest, and the breeding male is second largest. Meanwhile, male non-breeders get progressively smaller as the hierarchy descends. However, the breeding male will change to female if the sole breeding female dies. Then, the largest non-breeder becomes the breeding male.

These colorful fish eat a diet largely consisting of zooplankton.

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