Does your clownfish lack personality? It might be normal!
research in australia has been carried out to determine the extent of individual personalities in clownfish (anemonefish) species, Amphiprion.
The research involved in-situ analysis of key personality features – boldness, sociability and aggression – in Amphiprion mccullochi and Amphiprion latezonatus.
Behaviour appears to be linked to environment. A. latezonatus, inhabiting a relatively stable lagoon environment, were characterized by uniform behaviour, while A. mccullochi, subject to a harsher habitat and with more social flux, showed variation between individuals – they could be more sociable, or much bolder, than other A. mccullochi in their neighbourhood. The ramifications of this for the fishkeeper is that if you want a staid, predictable fish, you should opt for species that come from stable environments, while if you prefer a wild card, then go for fish from unstable areas.
● The full research article is the International Society for reef Studies’ journal Coral Reefs,
December 2017, Volume 36, Issue 4 (Wong, M.Y.L., Beasley, a.l., Douglass, T. et al).
clowns’ behaviour may depend on the habitat they came from.