The clown fish benefits from living in the anemone while the anemone benefits from the fish’s presence. Clown fish are the only fish that are able to live in sea anemones and not get stung by their tentacles. Their bright colors attract various fish that the anemone then feeds upon. Clownfish feed on the leftover crumbs and algae the anemone leaves behind cleaning it.
Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fish that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. The clownfish feed on small invertebrates which otherwise potentially harm the anemone, and the fecal matter from clownfish provide nutrients to the sea anemone. The sea anemone provides safety to the clownfish because of its poison. It’s also been suggested that the activity of the clownfish results in greater water circulation around the sea anemone.
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