This Month’s Cover Facts:
1. Are All Clownfish Orange?
Because of they make anemones their home, clownfish are also known as anemonefish. There are 28 species of anemonefish. The most popular clownfish, the one most of us recognize as Nemo, is called a false anemonefish. However, anemonefish can be pink, yellow, brown or have multicoloured stripes.
2. Are All Clownfish Born Males?
Yes. And no. They are hermaphrodites meaning they choose to be either male or female. According to National Geographic, clownfish are all born males and can change to female later on.
3. Why aren’t they poisoned by their anemone homes?
The anemone’s tentacles have stinging cells called nematocysts. Clownfish develop an immunity by carefully touching the tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they build up a protective mucus. It’s an awesome partnership. The clownfish cleans the anemone and in turn, the anemone provides it with a safe home.
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