The Taxonomy on a Clownfish

Itzel Abarca

What is taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the science of naming organisms and assigning them to groups.  Taxonomist search for previously unknown organisms, determine relationships and also give them names. There are 7 levels of Taxonomy which include: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

The Scientific name of an organism contains 2 parts:  Name of Genus & Species.

Taxonomy Levels of a ClownFish

Amphiprion ocellaris: is the scientific name of a Clown Fish.

Kingdom: Animalia-  "All animals are classified under this section, kingdom Animalia is also known as "Metazoa" (TutorVista 1).  Also all animals under this specific section do NOT contain Prokaryotes, all animals under this section are ALL Multicellular and are Eukaryotes. Most of these animals move by themselves.

Phylum: Chordata- "All animals who contain a spinal cord, and a digestive track..." (Faculty College 1).

Class:  Actinopterygii-  "Is any fish of a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits" (Wiki).

Order: Perciformes- "Perciformes, or perch-like fish, can be considered the dominant vertebrates in the world’s oceans.  This not-clearly-delimited taxonomic group forms the largest order of fish, and indeed the largest order of vertebrates; with over 10,000 species" (Weisz 1).

Family: Pomacentridae-  "Is a family of Perciform Fish, comprising of damselfishes and clownfish.  They are primarily marine....Many are bright colored..." (Wiki).  These are all fishes that posses bright colors and are mainly in aquariums.

Genus: Amphiprion- Are all fish who live in warm waters.  They mostly live in the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. Clownfish on the other hand live in reefs or shallow places.

Species: Ocellaris-  Known as the the "False Percula Clownfish"  "For example, black Amphiprion ocellaris with white bands can be found near northern Australia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Orange or red-brown Amphiprion ocellaris also exist with three white bands (like mentioned above) spanning from its body and head. Amphiprion ocellaris can be distinguished from other Amphriphon fish based on the number of pectoral rays and dorsal spines" (Wiki).

Where is the CLownfish Found?

"The orange clownfish is native to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Their distribution ranges from Northern Queensland, Australia to Melanesia, including New Britain, New Guinea, New Ireland, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu" (Boyer).

Interesting Facts

1.Clown fish is not mammal

"If you think that a clown fish is a mammal, that’s thought is totally incorrect. Clown fish usually will lay their thousands eggs at once. Most of them the eggs can survive. They will lay the eggs when the moon is full. The eggs will hatch at dusk. The eggs will be protected by male clown fish.

Physical appearance of clown fish

If someone asks you to imagine a clown fish, you may think about a striped animal with has a white and orange color which looks like a clown. However, there are some clown fish which have black and white stripes named as Ocellaris clownfish.

Male clown fish

All of the clownfish hatching from the eggs are born to be male. Based on the clown fish facts, I can say that they will turn themselves into female clown fish as soon as the female clown fish dies.

Percula clown fish species

The next point of the clownfish facts is interesting. You may need to see the percula clown fish. This species will dance when it firstly meets the sea anemones.

Color of clownfish

Clownfish has some colors. You may think that it is only available in orange and white stripes. That’s incorrect for some other species features the blue and white, black and white and yellow and white."

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