Male Tomato Clownfish Guarding Eggs, Anilao Philippines : 2009

Photograph by

David Doubilet Hon.FRPS

About this image

Close-up view of a male Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) guarding a clutch of eggs. Clownfish tend to lay eggs on flat surfaces of stones or rocks with both parent guarding the nest until the eggs hatch 6 to 11 days later. A. frenatus is found in the waters of the western Pacific Ocean, normally among purple anemones. They form symbiotic relationships with the anemones – the anemone protects the clownfish with its tentacles and provides food through scraps left from its meals, the clownfish cleans parasites from the anemone and provides nutrients through its faeces. This image was made with a Nikon D2X camera and 105mm lens in a Seacam underwater housing with lighting from a single flash unit. National Geographic Magazine (Contributing Photographer), Clayton, New York, U.S.A