Clownfish get their name from their bright orange coloring and white stripes, but also from the bouncy way they swim.

Clownfish get their name from their bright orange coloring and white stripes, but also from the bouncy way they swim. Clownfish live in and around anemone, a plant like creature with lots of poisonous tentacles that lives on rocks or coral in the ocean. A layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting. In exchange for safety from predators and food scraps, the clownfish drives off intruders and preens its host, removing parasites. All clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group. The change is forever!

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