(Image credit: Ian Shaw)
The Spine-cheek Clownfish is a bright red-brown anemonefish with three narrow white-to-grey bands on the head and body and a large rearward-facing spine on the gill cover running from the rear of the eye to the first white stripe. Spine-cheek Clownfish are protandrous hermaphrodites, with all individuals starting out as males and turning into females, and males are 2-3 times smaller and more brightly coloured than females.
Length: to 17cm
Reef associated. Lives symbiotically with sea anemones.
Log it south of Cairns In QLD
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.
Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:
Fishes of Australia; Froese & Pauly 2017; Catalogue of Life; CAAB; Stuart-Smith et al. 2015; Reef Life Survey; Australian Faunal Directory.