clown fish


Definition of clown fish

: any of various small tropical fishes (genera Amphiprion and Premnas) of the Indian and Pacific oceans that are related to the damselfishes, are bright orange usually with one or more vertical white stripes, and live symbiotically with sea anemones

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Inside Arizona Mills is an aquarium with 30 displays and more than 5,000 ocean creatures, including clown fish, sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, rays, octopus and seahorses. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Say Nemo and most kids now think of the Disney clown fish with the neurotic dad. Chris Jones,, "A real Lookingglass summer adventure in '20,000 Leagues Under the Seas'," 4 June 2018 That’s why the clown fish chooses to live in the anemone. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018 Australia's Great Barrier Reef is heralded for its biodiversity: The colorful clusters of coral and wisps of islands stretch 1,400 miles, home to white and orange clown fish, the blacktip shark, humpback whales and hundreds of other species. NBC News, "Scope of Great Barrier Reef's massive coral bleaching alarms scientists," 21 Apr. 2018 What does that mean for a clown fish that makes a home in a stressed anemone? Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt gets top deputy despite Democratic opposition," 13 Apr. 2018 With more time, the anemones might recover or the clown fish could acclimate to conditions. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home," 10 Apr. 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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