Different Types Of Clownfish You Need To Know About! 

Have you recently found out there is more than one type of Clownfish and want to know more about them?

Different Types Of Clownfish You Need To Know About!

Or maybe you want to learn more about Clownfish and don’t know where to start?

No matter what your question might be, we have the answer for you today! 

Clownfish are a popular fish, thank you Finding Nemo, but what do we actually know about them?

Did you know there were different types of Clownfish? And do you know what they are called?

It can be challenging to get answers to these questions online and we can end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed in a matter of minutes. 

Well, no more! Today we are here with the answers that you need.

Just keep reading to find out what the different types of Clownfish are and how you can identify them! 

Different Types Of Clownfish

Let’s get straight into today’s article! Below we have a list of the different types of Clownfish you can find in the sea.

Check it out now to learn more about these fascinating fish. 

Common Clownfish 

First up, we have the Common Clownfish. This is the most popular type of fish and one we often see for sale in pet stores.

The females of this species are a little larger than the males, with a maximum size of 4 inches, and the males topping out at 3 inches. 

You can typically find these fish in the Eastern Indian and Western Pacific Oceans clustered around shallow reefs.

You can spot them with their wobbling style of swimming which is sure to look fantastic in your tank at home! 

These are an affordable species of Clownfish and come in a range of colors, not just the classic orange and white! 

True Percula Clownfish

Next, we have the True Percula or Orange Clownfish. These are the smallest type of Clownfish and some of the most desired.

You can typically only find them in Northeastern Australia and New Guinea, with a rowing pectoral fin that makes it look like they are waddling when they swim. 

The Percula Clownfish tend to be calmer and less territorial than other types of Clownfish, making them a better option for your tank if there are other fish in there.

You can expect to see a few color variations, including orange, white, and black, with some even being entirely black! 

Caring for these Clownfish can be tough and you will need to regularly test and clean the water to keep them healthy and happy. 

Different Types Of Clownfish You Need To Know About!

Tomato Clownfish 

These are similar to the Cinnamon Clownfish and are large and boisterous fish.

Typically, these are found in the Western Pacific Ocean, stretching from Japan to Indonesia.

Tomato Clownfish are some of the cheapest and most common Clownfish out there. 

They are a fantastic choice for your home tank as they are only semi-aggressive.

They work best when paid with Angelfish, Damselfish, Tangs, and Triggerfish.

However, Tomato Clownfish are quite big eaters, so be prepared to have lots of food for them!

They can intimidate shyer fish too, so bear that in mind when deciding what other fish you should add to your tank. 

Cinnamon Clownfish

Cinnamon Clownfish or the Fire Clownfish are some of the larger fish in this species.

They can reach up to 5 inches in size and are semi-aggressive, meaning they should be the only species of fish in their tank.

When they are young, these fish are burnt orange, but as they age, they become black on the flanks, with an orange trim only on their tail, face, and stomach.

They also become far more territorial as they age, which can cause issues for other fish that share a tank with them.

This can be combated by adding live rock to the tank for them to defend. 

Maroon Clownfish 

Maroon Clownfish are the largest Clownfish species, growing up to 7 inches in length.

You can find them only in the Western Pacific Ocean, stretching from Indonesia to Northern Australia. 

These Clownfish are particularly aggressive, with females picking smaller mates until they die!

Not a fish you want to mess with! Maroon Clownfish are fairly intelligent and personable and can recognize owners and guests!

Despite their aggression, these are easy fish to care for and their deep red color is sure to look wonderful in your tank! 

Pink Skunk Clownfish 

Pink Skunk Clownfish have a different pattern compared to other Clownfish.

Different Types Of Clownfish You Need To Know About!

They feature a single vertical bar along their cheek that doesn’t reach the white strip on their back.

You can also identify them easily thanks to their peach/light pink color, making them look very different from orange Clownfish! 

These fish rarely move more than a few inches from their host anemone and are only found in New Guinea and Northern Australian waters.

They are extremely defensive of their host anemone, but otherwise peaceful and can live with smaller reef fish easily.

They can also live with small groups of fish of the same type and share a large anemone without fighting. 

Clarkii Clownfish

Clarkii Clownfish can be found easily both in nature and pet stores.

You can find them in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans in a variety of colors from black with white bands to orange and white. 

Despite being larger Clownfish, they aren’t as aggressive as their cousins.

They will give other fish space in a tank, apart from the area around their anemone.

You typically only see aggressive Clarkii Clownfish in smaller tanks where space near the anemone is limited.

They are also fairly easy to take care of and affordable to buy, making them a good choice for beginners. 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, a list of the different types of Clownfish!

While this is not a complete list, it should provide you with some more insight into the different species of Clownfish out there and how they could interact with other fish in your tank. You can also explore topics such as “What Are True Minnows?” and “Types Of Carp From Around The World” to gain a deeper understanding of different fish species, their characteristics, and global variations.

Just be sure you give them plenty of space to avoid any fighting! 

Olivia Kepner