Common host anemones and most frequent clownfish



I am going to compare this list with others and update it if necessary. I will also start a thread for those of you who have Condi's that have hosted your clowns to see what the most common species is.
Entacmaea quadricolor, Bulb, Bubble-Tip or Maroon Anemone, RBTA - Tentacles inflated at tips, with white band and pink tip (usually). Red or pink form called Rose Anemone. Attaches to hard surface."In nature hosts Maroon and Bluestrip clownfishes. In aquarium will also host Bubble tip Anemones are the natural host for many popular clownfish species including clarki, tomato, saddleback, skunk, melanopus, bicinctus, ephippium, rubrocinctus, and maroon clowns ocassionally ocellaris, percula, and other clownfish in captivity."
Can be propagated in captivity. The best choice for hobbyist aquariums.
Clownfishs by Wilkerson states:
Amphiprion akindynos, Barrier reef Clownfish
A. Allardi, Allard's Clownfish
A. bicinctus, Two-Band clownfish
A. chrysopterus, Orange-fin Clownfish
A. ephippium, Red Saddleback Clownfish
A. frenautus, Tomato Clownfish
A. mcculloghi McCulloch's Clownfish
A. Rubrocinctus, Australian Clownfish
a. tricinctus, Three-band Clownfish
Premnas biaculeatus, Maroon Clownfish
In captivity (but not in nature) it also hosts:
A. ocellaris, Ocellaris or False Percula Clownfish.
Macrodactyla doreensis, Long Tentacle Anemone, Corkscrew Tentical red or salmon pink, with veruccae underneath oral disk. Buries column in substrate. Seldom confused. Natural symbionts are Clark's and Pink Skunk clownfishes; in aquarium often accepted by Maroon, Bluestripe and Tomato clowns, as well.
Clownfishes by Wilkerson states:
Amphiprion chrysogaster, Mauritian Clownfish
A. clarkii, Clark's Clownfish
A. perideraion, Pink Skink Clownfish
A. polymnus, Saddleback Clownfish
In captivity but not in nature it also hosts:
Premnas biaculeatus, Maroon Clownfish
Heteractis crispa, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone, Leathery Anemone - Column tough, leathery, and buried in substrate. Tentalces long and pointed, often bright purple in color. Not common in trade. Hosts Clark's, Bluestripe, True Percula, Pink Skunk and Saddleback clownfishes.
Clownfishes by Wilkerson states:
A. akindynos, Barrier Reef Clownfish
A. bicinctus, Two-band clownfish
A. chrysopterus, Orange-fin Clownfish
A. clarkii, Clark's Clownfish
A. ephippium, Red Saddleback Clownfish
A. Latezonatus, Wide-band Clownfish
A. leucokranos, White-bonnet Clownfish
A. melanopus, Red and Black Clownfish
A. omanensis, Oman Clownfish
A. percula, Percula Clownfish
A. perideraion, Pink Skunk Clownfish
A. polymnus, Saddleback Clownfish
A. sandaaracinos, Orange Skink Clownfish
A. tricinctus, Three-band Clownfish
Heteractis malu, Sebae Anemone, Singapore Sebae, Hawaiian Sand Anemone - Column and oral disk uniform pale color, with stubby tentacles usually tipped in magenta. Column buried in substrate. Seldom confused. Hosts only Clark's clownfish in nature, and may host Tomato and Bluestripe clowns in the aquarium. Only host available from within the USA.
Heteractis aurora, Beaded Anemone, Aurora Anemone - Not common in aquarium trade. Buries column in substrate; tentacles with raised, white ridges unmistakable. Only common aquarium clown hosted is Clark's.
Heteractis magnifica, Magnificent Anemone, Ritteri Anemone, Red Radianthus Anemone - Seldom mistaken. Attaches to hard surfaces in good current and bright light; may wander. Column smooth, often colorful; tentacles always slightly inflated, with yellow or white pigment at tips. Hosts Clark's, Bluestripe, Ocellaris ("Percula"), True Percula, and Pink Skunk clowns. Not for beginners, difficult.
Clownfishes by Wilkerson states:
A. akallopisos, Skunk clownfish
A. akindynos, Barrier Reef clownfish
A bicinctus, Two-band Clownfish
A. Chrysogaster, Mauritian Clownfish
A. chrysopterus, Orange-fin Clownfish
A. clarkii, Clarks' Clownfish
A. leucokranos, White-bonner Clownfish
A. melanopus, Red adn Black Clownfish
A. nigripes, Maldives Clownfish
A. ocellaris, Ocellaris Clownfish
A. percula, Percula Clownfish
Carpet Anemones:
Stichodactyla gigantea, Giant Carpet Anemone - Tentacles longer than other carpet anemones, and slightly pointed at tips. May be blue, turquoise or purple in color. Hosts Clark's, Ocellaris, and True Percula clowns.
S. haddoni, Haddon's Carpet, Saddle Carpet Anemone - Tentacles almost always two colors, imparting a mottled appearance. Hosts Saddleback and Clark's clownfishes.
S. mertensi, Merten's Carpet, Sri Lanka Carpet - Tentacles stubby, knob-like, uniform brown or occassionally bright green in color. Hosts Clark's and Ocellaris clownfishes.
Updated 1/28/05
Updated 2/10/05