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Tomato Clownfish

Amphiprion Frenatus

Named for its bright red coloration, the Tomato Clownfish varies in shades from burnt orange to tomato red. Just behind the eye is a white vertical stripe. Juveniles are usually darker and have three vertical stripes. Tomato Clownfish can grow to a length of 5.5 inches, with females being larger than males.

Range & Habitat

Native to the lagoons reefs of the South China Sea, Borneo, Sumatra, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and southern Japan.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Relatively widespread in the western Pacific Ocean. However, they are collected for the aquarium trade and their habitat is within areas subject to dynamite fishing. Host anemone may be vulnerable to bleaching events.


In the wild -- algae, zooplankton, and small, aquatic crustaceans.

At the zoo: brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and vitamin gelatin 

Life Span

In the Wild - 6-10 years; In Human Care - up to 18 years

Fun Facts about the Tomato Clownfish

  •  These fish share a symbiotic relationship with an anemone host like the Bubble Tip Anemone. When a Tomato Clownfish brings food back to an anemone, the anemone will eat what the Clownfish drops and in turn, it protects the Clownfish from predators.
  • Most Clownfish are born male, and the dominant male will change to a female.
  • Older Tomato Clownfish may turn black.


Dallas Zoo. (2021). Retrieved June 2, 2021, from

 Jenkins, A., Allen, G., Myers, R., Yeeting, B. & Carpenter, K.E. 2017. Amphiprion frenatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T188518A1886965. Retrieved on 03 June 2021.

Leutheuser, K. 2004. "Amphiprion frenatus" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed June 02, 2021 at

Updated November 29, 2021