Amphiprion pacificus Allen, Drew & Fenner, 2010
Pacific anemonefish
Amphiprion pacificus
photo by Williams, J.T.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Amphiprioninae
Max. size:  4.83 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 4 - 10 m
Distribution:  Pacific: Wallis Island, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-13. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D IX,18-20; A II,12-13; pectoral rays 17-18; tubed lateral line scales 33-48; gill rakers 5-6 + 11-12; opercular spinules 8-11; body depth 2.2-2.6 in SL; color generally pinkish brown, usually grading to yellowish or orange on lower side of body including abdomen; white stripe on midline of snout extending posteriorly on forehead and along base of dorsal fin; fins whitish to semi-translucent (Ref. 85605).
Biology:  This species is generally commensal with the anemone Heteractis magnificus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833) at depths between about 4-10 m (Ref. 85065). 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: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 26.08.10
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.04.13

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