Maldive anemonefish
  • Amphiprion nigripes
  • EnglishName: Maldive anemonefish
  • Local Name : Dhivehi maagandumas
  • Size : Max. 9 cm
  • Family: POMACENTRIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10-11 spines and 17-18 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 13-15 rays. Pectoral rays 18-19. Body depth 2.0-2.2 in standard length. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Pectoral fin shorter than head. Pelvic is slightly shorter than pectoral fin.
  • Colour: Orange, lower side of chest blackish. A single white transverse band, a little less than eye diameter in breadth; the white band edged with black. Pelvic and anal fins black. Dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins yellow.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually found on reef edges. Always associated with giant sea anemones. Heteractis magnifica. Aggressive to the fishes that feed on anemones. Omnivorous.
  • Distribution: Maldives and Laccadives. Also in Sri Lanka, but rare.
  • Remarks: Amphiprion nigripes is the common Maldivian anemonefish. It is much sought after by aquarists. For this reason, some reefs, particularly near MaleĢ, have been stripped of this species. This species has also been recorded from Sri Lanka (where it is rare) and the Laccadives.