Amphiprion melanopus

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Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus
Amphiprion melanopus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Orange with one white bar on head behind eye, black on sides and black or mainly black pelvic and anal fins. Similar to A. rubrocinctus (Australian anemonefish) has orange anal fin and less black on pelvic fins. A. melanopus also differs by location, occurring east of Torres Strait.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-30.5°C

Depth: 1-118m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.88

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (9.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (5 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.