Definition of clownfish in English:



  • A small, tropical marine fish with bold vertical stripes or other bright coloration. It lives in close association with anemones and is protected from their stings by mucus.

    Also called anemone fish
    • ‘The mystery behind the clownfish and sea anemone relationship is how the clownfish avoids being stung and killed by its host anemone.’
    • ‘When a tomato clownfish brings food back to an anemone, the anemone is rewarded with crumbs from the meal.’
    • ‘So, the protection of the anemone afforded by the clownfish is part of the mutual relationship.’
    • ‘In that way the clownfish gets protection and attracts prey for the anemone, an example of symbiosis, or co-operation between different animals.’
    • ‘Among the damaged coral we saw free-swimming moray eels, octopuses, and several anemones with their resident clownfish.’