Clownfish are a popular choice for many people who have home aquariums, due to their distinctive and amusing behavior. Their name comes from their often colorful markings, resembling the greasepaint applied to a circus clown’s face, as well as their unique waddling motion. There are 29 recognized species of clownfish and they range in size from about two to six inches long. They are native to warmer waters, such as the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but will thrive in captivity and can live up to five years. Clownfish like to have a reef or rocks in their aquarium to swim around and hide behind.
Clownfish also have a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones, as pictured in this jigsaw puzzle. The sea anemone uses its poisonous tentacles to capture fish which it then consumes. The clownfish then cleans up the remaining fish scraps. The clownfish also helps keep the sea anemone healthy by consuming dead tentacles. In return, the sea anemone provides the clownfish with protection from predators.
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