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True Percula Clownfish (amphiprion percula)
True Percula, Amphiprion percula

This fish is very similar to the false percula, A. ocellaris. The difference is in the number of dorsal spines (11 for A. ocellaris, and 10 or 9 for A. percula), the anterior part of the dorsal fins is taller in A. ocellaris,  and A. ocellaris never have a thick black margin around the three white bars.  They do not occur together in nature. The black bar is sometimes expanded as in the lower fish in the picture above.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:
   Found in the Coral Sea, Northern Queensland and Melanesia ( New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu).

Host Anemones:
  Heteractus magnifica ~ Magnificent sea anemone.
   Stichtodactyla gigantea ~ Gigantic sea anemone.
   Stichtodactyla crispa ~ Leathery sea anemone.

Social Behaviors:
   Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older.

Sex: Sexual differences:
   The female is usually much larger than the male.

Length/Diameter of fish:
   Adults can grow to 8 cm ( 3.2 inches).