Animal Update: Saddleback Clownfish in Blacktip Reef

Saddleback clownfish have been added to our Blacktip Reef exhibit!

Published October 23, 2015

saddleback clownfish

These black-and-white beauties are found throughout the Indo-Pacific. Like their orange-hued counterparts, saddleback clownfish have a strong symbiotic relationship with sea anemones. In exchange for protection from its predators, the clownfish protect their hosts from anemone-eating fish! 

saddleback clownfish

Did you know? Anemonefish are hermaphrodites! In a clownfish group living in an anemone the largest fish is female, the second largest a male. They are the mating pair. If the breeding female dies, the breeding male will change to female! 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Snapping turtle and red-eared sliders Floating Wetland Update: Turtles, Fish and Birds!

Several new species have been spotted on the National Aquarium’s floating wetland prototype in the Inner Harbor!

Read the full story

Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver Animal Rescue Update: Double Seal Release!

For the first time in its history, National Aquarium Animal Rescue simultaneously released two rehabilitated seals. The two male greys, nicknamed Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver, were released in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 23.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: McHenry the Loggerhead Ready for Release

Published October 25, 2018

Meet Our Trio of Puffin Chicks!

Published August 09, 2018