7 Interesting Facts about fish Nemo

Nemo is derived from the name of Anemonefish (Amphiprioninae)This kind of fish turns into one of the most famous animal in the world since the success of the movie tittled Finding Nemo. People are going crazy with this kind fish. Before the movie released, this fish was actually well known as the clown fish or clownfish.
1. Nemo and Anemone Is Good Friends
Nemo have symbiotic mutualisms with sea anemones.
Who is sea anemone? Sea anemone is a frilly pipe-shaped sea creature, much like swaying hair/tentacles. It looks like colorful flowers under the sea, but anemones are actually animals, not plants. Where there are anemones, there usually lives a nemo. Where there is nemo fish, there is high probability anemone lives nearby. Anemones is poisonous sea creatures. Nobody dared to touch, except nemo.

A theory states why Nemo can live in anemone, while others can’t. The first theory states that nemo skin mucus containing sugar, while anemones recognize their prey by stimulation of protein. Thus, Nemo is safe to stay around anemones because anemone do not recognize Nemo as prey. The second theory states Nemo has evolved to become resistant to the poisonous tentacles of the anemone.
Nemo and Ritteri Anemone

They have a mutually beneficial relationship known as symbiotic mutualism. Anemone food scraps will become food for Nemo. Instead, Nemo fish waste into a source of nutrition for anemone. Anemones also become a nest for Nemo, the juvenile, and eggs. Meanwhile, Nemo is also protecting anemone from predators. No wonder if we approached nemo, he would hide behind the anemone to cover or the other way around will be going to attack us. Nemo movement also helps the circulation of water and air around anemone, thus helping anemone to grow.

2. No Nemo in the Atlantic Ocean

Nemo only lives in Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Theres no nemo in Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Nemo and purple tip anemone
Nemo and purple tip anemone

3. Nemo born male

Nemo is hermaphroditic animals (protandrous hermaphrodites) or can change their sex under certain conditions. All fish Nemo was born male. While growing up, those who have a dominant position in the group will turn into a female. If the female dies, the male will eat other Nemo. Those who have a dominant role will turn into a female.

Nemo and Stichodactyla gigantea
Nemo and Stichodactyla gigantea

4. Nemo fertilize outside the body

Male spread sperm and females release an egg outside the body. If the sperm and the egg is met, there will be a fertilization. This is in contrast with the conception of animals in general that fertilization occurs in the female’s uterus. The male will guard the eggs that have been fertilized until hatching.

Nemo and bubble tip anemone
Nemo and bubble tip anemone

5. Nemo’s black and white stripes size on the body is affected by the type of anemone

There are various types of anemones. Reportedly, different types of anemones also affect the body color nemo. Nemo who lives in Stichodactyla gigantea anemones has a darker black color than those who live in other types of anemones.

Nemo and Stichodactyla gigantea
Nemo and Stichodactyla gigantea anemone

6. Nemo can live until 6 to 10 years old

Nemo can live up to 6 to 10 years in the wild. However, if kept in an aquarium, their age is only 3 to 5 years.

A Clark's anemonefish or Yellowtail clownfish or Aphphiprion Clarkii or Sea Bee or Two Banded Anemonefish
A Clark’s anemonefish or Yellowtail clownfish or Aphphiprion Clarkii or Sea Bee or Two Banded Anemonefish

7. There are about 28 Species of Anemonefish

Nemo fish is famous for the orange color with white/black stripes. Do you know that not only orange and white stripes just as we see in the movie Finding Nemo? Apparently there are 28 species of fish Nemo (another source says that there are 30 species of nemo) having different body colors.

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