Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos Click to enlarge image
Barrier Reef Anemonefish at Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Image: Richard Vevers
© Richard Vevers

Fast Facts

  • Classification
  • Size Range
    This species grows to 12 cm in length.


The Barrier Reef Anemonefish is brown with two black-edged white bars. The first bar crosses the head. The second bar crosses the body at the middle of the dorsal fin. The tail is white.


As its standard name suggests, the species is found on the northern Great Barrier Reef. It is a small, brown fish with two black-edged white bars.

Amphiprion akindynos
A Barrier Reef Anemonefish at a depth of 10 m, "Monsa's Unique Bommie II", Great Detached Reef, far northern Great Barrier Reef, December 1999. Image: E. Schlögl
© E. Schlögl


It lives in close association with several species of anemones. The species name akindynos comes from the Greek word meaning safe or without danger. This refers to the condition the fish enjoys while tucked among the tentacles of its host.


The Barrier Reef Anemonefish occurs in tropical marine waters of the south-western Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Breeding behaviours

Spawning behaviour has been recorded for a number of species of Amphiprion (Allen, 1980). There are three main phases, courtship and nest preparation followed by spawning and nest guarding or incubation. The incubation period lasts for six or seven days and during this time both parents care for the eggs, although the male takes a much more active role in these duties.


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