Amphiprion omanensis Allen & Mee, 1991
Oman anemonefish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Amphiprioninae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 10 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Arabian Sea coast of Oman.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-17; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 14-15. Distinctive features include overall dark brown coloration with blackish pelvic and anal fins, very narrow white bars, and blackish caudal fin in juveniles which fades with growth. The white bar on the head is usually constricted across nape; the midbody bar does not extend on to the dorsal fin.
Biology:  Adults inhabit inshore reefs; information on host anemone species lacking (Ref. 7247). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 November 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.07.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.07.11

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