What is the relationship between anemones and clownfish?
Clownfish have resistance to the deadly stings of the sea anemones. The sea anemone provides protection for the fish from predators, while anemone is unaffected by the fish.
The relationship between clownfish and sea anemones is a form of symbiosis called…
Because anemone is unaffected by the fish while the sea anemone protecting the clown fish. This kind of relationship is called Commensalism symbiosis which sea anemone benefits the fish while the fish does not give any advantages to the anemone.
Clownfish is a type of a fish that lives in salt water habitats. It is also called an anemone fish. This fish got its name from its unique bold color body which is similar to clown face paint. Clownfish could not survive without a host anemone which owns stinging tentacles protect them. Sea anemones are sea animals in the Cindaria phylum. Anemones are often mistaken as a sea plant. Sea anemones have deadly stings which only clownfish do not get stung by the tentacles. The clownfish could not leave the anemone further that is why it is often provided food by the anemone which is algae leftovers from the anemone. The anemone also provide host to protect the anemone from the predators using its sting tentacles. The anemone also provides a substrate which clownfish could lay their eggs and be protected. Clownfish make a movement like a dance before approaching the anemone and gently touch the anemone till they get acclimated with the tentacles.
A commensalism symbiosis is a symbiotic relationship which one species provides protection to another species. The symbiosis of sea anemones and clownfish is well-known example of commensalism.