Fun Clown Fish Facts For Kids – Interesting Facts About Clown Fish

fun clown fish facts for kids

Fun Clown Fish Facts For Kids

Interesting Facts About Clown Fish

Thank you for finding our site today! We decided to take some time to write some clown fish facts for kids. I’m sure you are familiar with the infamous clown fish from a very beloved Disney Pixar movie Finding Nemo. This movie made the popular reef dweller even more popular. The clown fish or clown anemonefish (uh-NEM-uh-nee) is probably the most popular fish out there today. I’m excited to bring you some fun but little known facts about the clown fish. Shall we get going?

Amazing Clown Fish Facts For Kids

Fun Facts About Clown Fish For Kids

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If you have seen the Disney Pixar movie Finding Nemo then you have seen or probably know a little about the clown fish. They are bright orange with a

finding nemo fish clown fish

Here are the gang from Finding Nemo. Clown fish became wildly popular after that film by Disney Pixar.

very distinctive 3 white stripes along their body. One right behind their eye, another about mid body then the last is typically right where their tail starts. The markings are never exactly the same, but they are similar enough to give each clown fish a likely appearance.

Clown fish can reach sizes of 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) in length. The name anemonefish derives from their homes. They live in multicolored sea anemones. This do pack a little sting, which help protect the clown fish. They have a mucus layer that makes them immune to the sting of the anemone. It’s a partnership because the anemone’s themselves actually prey on animals as well. They will snack on the leftovers left behind by the clown fish.

The clown fish actually does a little dance to get themselves acclimated to the sea anemone. They touch different parts of their body to the anemone to get used to and more tolerant to the sting.

You can find a clown fish swimming around the shallow waters of the western Pacific Ocean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. You can find them hanging out at the Great Barrier Reef as well. Click to read more about the great barrier reef! They dwell around shallow reefs but you won’t find them in the Caribbean, Mediterranean or Atlantic Ocean.

Alright, let’s get down to business. Check out below to see some fun clown fish facts for kids!

Interesting Clown Fish Facts For Kids

Before we jump into the amazing clown fish facts, let’s take a look at some quick hitting facts. If you are doing a report or paper on clown fish, this will help you answer some of the easy questions. The amazing facts will be directly below!

Clownfish Fast Facts
Scientific Name – Amphiprion Percula
Rank- Subfamily
Type- Fish
Diet- Carnivore
Average Life Span – 6-10 years in the wild
Size – Up to 4.3 Inches Long (11 cm)

Typical Size Compared To A tea cup

photo of a clown fish size

Here is a clown fish next to a typical tea cup so you can see the scale of the size of a clown fish.

Clownfish Facts For Kids

Amazing Facts About Clown Anemone

Here ya go! This is the part you have been waiting for. Here are some awesome facts about clown anemone fish for kids. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how many things you didn’t know about these clown fish. Let’s get the ball rolling!

Clown Fish Facts For Kids

♦ The clown fish is not a mammal.

♦ Clown fish lay eggs when the moon is full and will lay thousands of eggs at once. The male will stay back to protect all the eggs.

♦ Clown fish are actually aggressive predators. This may be hard to believe because of their beautiful colors and the way they were

amazing clown fish facts

Here is a clown fish interacting with it’s sea anemone. It provides a home and they have a mutual relationship by protecting and helping feed each other.

portrayed on Finding Nemo, but it’s true!

♦ All clown fish are born as males. They have the ability to switch themselves to a female when the time is right. This change is permanent.

♦ Clown fish may use a sea anemone as a home but it’s actually more than that. Their relationship is called a symbiotic mutualism.  The clown fish can eat it’s dead tentacles and the anemone can eat parts of other fish that the clown fish does not finish. The anemone also protects the clown fish once it’s inside by stinging other fish with stingers the clown fish is immune to.

♦ Of the thousands of eggs that the clown fish lay, it’s not uncommon for almost all of them to live.

♦ Clown fish are actually poor swimmers when compared to peers. A fish who is a poor swimmer, huh.

♦ There are 1000 different species of anemones, only 10 of those are capable of hosting a clown fish.

♦ There are actually over 28 different species of clown fish.

♦ Despite what many people may think and their name, clown fish are actually not very funny. (Sorry had to throw that in, if you have seen finding Nemo you know what I’m talking about.)

♦ The percula clown fish is the species of clown fish that does a dance with the sea anemone.

♦ The amount of clown fish that were sold for aquariums tripled after the release of Finding Nemo.

Amazing Percula Clownfish Video

See the Percula Clown Fish dancing with a sea anemone.

I spoke a little above about the dance the percula clown fish does with the sea anemone. Check out some footage of just that below!
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Amazing Anemone Clown Fish Facts For Kids

Fun Facts About Anemone Clown Fish For Kids

black and white percula clown fish

Here is a black and white percula clown fish. One of the 28 difference species of clown fish.

It’s a lot of fun to learn about the amazing fish of the ocean. The Great Barrier Reef and other reef locations host so many amazing and colorful fish. I’m glad you took time out of your busy day today to learn some fun facts about clown fish. They are truly amazing creatures and deserve to be understood and studied. Maybe one day you will be lucky enough to be in one of the oceans or seas that house this little fish and you will be lucky enough to see one.

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