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Amphiprion ocellaris

Fish: Amphiprion ocellaris or False clownfish

Distribution:  In coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the Fiji and Tonga regions.

Habitat: Amphiprion ocellaris lives in coral reefs  in lagoons and slopes, and lives in association with the sea anemone Heteractis magnifica, and other sea anemone species, notably Stichodactyla gigantea.

Mating: Amphiprion ocellaris are initially male; the largest fish in a group becomes female.

Interesting fact: The bright orange base striped with white found on this clownfish species allows it to be undetected in its surroundings of fluorescent corals and anemones.

 

Clownfish

This photo was taken in Bait Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Hippocampus whitei

Fish: Hippocampus whitei or White’s seahorse

Distribution: New South Wales Australia from Botany Bay to Port Stephens.

Habitat: Hippocampus whitei occurs in shallow-water estuaries and inhabits seagrasses, sponge gardens and artificial structures such as jetties and protective swimming nets.

Mating: Hippocampus whitei is considered to be monogamous and pair-bonded during the breeding season.

Color variations 

Hippocampus whitei

Hippocampus whitei

Hippocampus whitei

 

A great place to see H. whitei  is on the shark net either at Chowder Bay or in Manly Cove in Sydney harbor. I have found many color variations ranging form brown to yellow to orange.

In Port Stephens you can find  H. whitei in the abundant soft coral. In Manly Cove either in the shark nets or in the seagrass nearby.