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

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.

Year: 2015

From album: Coastal Environments and Biodiversity

Photographer: Glenn Edney

Tags: Biodiversity Environments fauna ocean wildlife Water

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