Ocellaris anemonefish laying eggs

Ocellaris anemonefish laying eggs

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Caption: Ocellaris anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) laying eggs. The process of egg laying lasts around half an hour. The female lays between 100- 1000 eggs, which are fertilised by the male as they are laid. The eggs will take 6-7 days to hatch. Anemonefish, also called clownfish, live in association with sea anemones. Slime on the fish's skin prevents the anemone's stinging cells from damaging it. The fish sleeps, evades danger, eats, and lays its eggs between the poisonous tentacles. The anemonefish cleans the anemone and also ensures a supply of food detritus for the anemone to feed on. Photographed at the Bunaken National Park, in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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