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Tomato Anemone fish in blue tip anemone, Ha'apai, Tonga

Tomato Anemone fish in blue tip anemone, Ha'apai, Tonga

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Uploaded 13 Aug 2012 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2012 Taken by: Glenn Edney
Clownfish perform an elaborate dance with an anemone before taking up residence, gently touching its tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they are acclimated to their host. 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.
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