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Amphiprion bicinctus

Rüppell, 1830

Two Band anemonefish


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Latin name : Amphiprion bicinctus (Rüppell, 1830)
Synonyms :
Classification : Pomacentridae ( Clownfishes and Damselfishes )
Name : Poisson-clown ? deux bandes
Name : Two Band anemonefish
Red sea anemonefish
Twoband Anemonefish
Main identification characters
Bright orange to dark brown with 2 black-edged white or bluish-white bands, the first considerably expanded (rarely narrow) running just behind the head, the second from the notch between the spinous and soft dorsal fin to the abdomen.

Maximum length about 140 mm.
Possible confusions
Many species have a similar pattern of two white bars, but A. bicinctus differs from nearly all of them by having a yellowish caudal fin (it is whitish in other species); and the expansion of the first bar over the top of the head differs from the narrower bar typical of most other species (although the bar is occasionally narrow in A. bicinctus). Amphiprion latifasciatus from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands is similar in pattern and also has a yellow tail, but the mid-body bar is much wider and the tail is forked (it is truncate or only slightly emarginate in A. bicinctus). Amphiprion chagosensis from the Chagos Archipelago and A. allardi from eastern Africa have a white tail.
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Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Interaction with other species
Associated with the anemones Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractis aurora, and Stichodactyla gigantea.

Inhabits lagoons and outer reefs.
Geographical distribution
Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Chagos Archipelago.
Websites :
http://ichtyonb1.mnhn.fr/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Amphipri [...]
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Amphiprio [...]

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Découvrir la mer Rouge et l'océan Indien
Steven Weinberg
Editions Nathan 1996, 1997
Guide des récifs coralliens
A & A Ferrari
Delachaux & Niestlé, 1999-2000
Guide du récif corallien de Mer Rouge
Helmut Debelius
PLB Editions, 1998
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 19/11/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 19/11/2002
Goupille Pierre-Alain - 21/11/2002

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