Far from the idyllic "Nemo" life in a host anemon, within a group of clownfish, there is a strict hierarchy of dominance. The largest and most aggressive female is found at the top. Only two clownfish, a male and a female, in a group reproduce through external fertilization. The clownfish are hermaphrodites, meaning that they develop into males first, and when they mature, they become females. If the female clownfish is removed from the group, such as by death, one of the largest and most dominant males would become a female. The rest of the remaining males will move up a rank on the hierarchy.
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Bony Fishes: Osteichthyes, Damselfishes: Pomacentridae, Fishes, Hanlon photography, Indonesia, Lembeh Strait, Marine Life, North Sulawesi, Wetpixel Lembeh Workshop, false clown anemonefish: Amphiprion oceallaris, underwater, ©Adam Hanlon 2013, Indonesia, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Molucca Sea, Indo-Pacific, blue water
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- Macro imagery from the Lembeh Straits 2013