Clownfish are one of the most well known fish among divers and non-divers alike. These bright orange fish are know to children everywhere thanks to the movie “Nemo”. However, what is less well known is how these beautiful reef fish are born. The female and male mate and attack a small bed of eggs to the bottom in the immediate vicinity of the anemone. They then aerate and actively guard these eggs until they hatch and drift in to the water column. The eggs themselves take up to 10 days from being laid before they hatch. Sharp eyed divers can watch over these 10 days and see the eggs evolve from a mono colour mass until they can see the fully developed eye. The next time you approach an anemone, have a look around it to see if you can spot the eggs.
Daily Photo Clownfish Eggs – Shot in Manado Bay, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Anemones are common throughout Indonesia, there are 13 different species in the country. Please read Clownfish – More Than Nemo for more information about these charismatic fish.