It is easy to understand the name of the Pink Skunk Clownfish because of the white skunk like band that runs from nose to tail on the dorsal (upper) part of the body. Two other species of clownfish belonging to the “skunk complex” have this feature including the Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) and the Orange Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos). An easy way to identify the Pink Skunk Clownfish from these other species is the white vertical bar on each side of the head. Neither the Skunk Clownfish nor the Orange Skunk Clownfish have head bars. The Pink Skunk Clownfish is one of the smallest species in the clownfish family. It is hardy and also very peaceful.
The Pink Skunk Clownfish has a wide distribution. It can be found west to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, east to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands and South to New Caledonia.
Temperament & Captive Care
The Pink Skunk Clownfish is very peaceful and can even be a little timid. If housed with more aggressive fish species in a community tank we recommend adding the pink clownfish early so they have a chance to establish a territory before adding more aggressive species. Adding an anemone that the pink skunk clownfish can inhabit will help them become more comfortable in your tank.
Most clownfish are omnivorous feeders, meaning that they will consume a variety of different food types. In nature the diet of clownfish consists of crustaceans (such as copepods and amphipods), algae, polychaete worms and leftovers from the anemone’s meal. Our captive bred fish are conditioned to eat a variety of aquarium diets including pellets, flake food, frozen Mysis shrimp, and frozen brine shrimp.
Natural Host Anemones
In their natural environment Pink Skunk Clownfish are typically hosting in the Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), but have also been observed in Sebae Anemone (Heteractis crispa), Long Tentacle Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis), and Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea).
Aquarium host anemones
Clownfish do not require host anemones to survive or thrive. However, in most cases they will readily accept them. The Pink Skunk Clownfish is not picky when it comes to anemones and will readily host in a number of anemone in captivity. We recommend the popular and hardy Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).