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Where are clownfish on a food chain?

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The clownfish preys on parasites that threaten the sea anemone in a mutually beneficial relationship where the anemone provides food scraps and protects the clownfish from potential predators, such as sharks. Before inhabiting the dwelling of a sea anemone, the clownfish first touches the tentacles of the anemone for familiarity.

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A clownfish secretes a specialized mucus to protect from itself from the dangerous stings of the sea anemone. The clownfish lives in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and the western Pacific. All clownfish are born male but can change sex when necessary. Once this sex change is made, it is permanent. Clownfish sometimes live in communities headed by an alpha female.

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    Where do clownfish live?

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    Clownfish, also called anemonefish, live in the warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. These fish have a symbiotic relationship with anemones, which are slow-moving invertebrate animals that look like flowering plants. Clownfish never venture far from their anemone partners.

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    What eats clownfish?

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    There are many different types of predatory fish that will eat a clownfish, including sharks, eels and most predatory fish that are larger than the clownfish. However, humans are typically considered to be the clownfish's biggest predator, as humans frequently catch clownfish for aquariums and fish tanks due to their popularity.

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    What is a tomato clownfish?

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    The Tomato Clownfish is a member of a group of five anemonefish known as the Tomato complex. The Tomato Clownfish is one of the largest members of the complex with females growing to be over five inches in length. On average, females are roughly half an inch longer than males.

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    How much does a clownfish weigh?

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    Clownfish typically weigh around 250 grams and are 4 to 6 inches long. Male clownfish are significantly smaller than females. A clownfish at birth is gender neutral, meaning it is neither male nor female.

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