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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Marine Life
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Keywords:anemone, anemonefish, clownfish
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Boring but Brilliant

Boring but Brilliant

Pink skunk clownfish / pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion)

Date taken: January 15, 2016 at 9:20am
Dive site: Pantai Parigi, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Anemone's and their fishes (anemonefish) are fairly common; we see them on almost every dive (in Indo-Pac). Even still, I can't help photographing almost every combination I see. In this case, our "pretty in pink" anemonefish has the most boring common name; often simply called "the pink anemonefish." However, placed against the brightly colored green backdrop of this anemone, the pinks are stunning. And, this particular pink anemonefish also sometimes goes by another name: the pink skunk clownfish (not sure if this is better?). The good news is that this name comes not from their smell but from their distinct white bar starting around the top of their eyes/head and running along their entire back (as a dorsal stripe).

I like to think of these guys as boring but brilliant!

My iNaturalist observation: 5112033

Wikipedia: Pink_skunk_clownfish

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