Nosestripe Anemonefish

Although quite small, the nosestripe anemonefish is incredibly brave. I’ve observed one chasing away another fish that was much larger than itself. The anemonefish repeatedly poked the unwanted visitor in the side and drove him away. These anemonefish usually live in pairs in anemones – hence the name. Their body is coated with protective mucus allowing them to hide and shelter in the stinging tentacles of anemones where they also lay their eggs. Sea anemones live in association with anemonefish, shrimps, and crabs.

A nosestripe anemonefish (Amphiprion akallopisos) hides in the stinging tentacles of an anemone, Memba Bay, Strait of Mozambique.
A nosestripe anemonefish (Amphiprion akallopisos) hides in the stinging tentacles of an anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Strait of Mozambique.