Jan 27

#LoveSpecies nominee: Chagos anemonefish

Nominated by: Chagos Conservation Trust

Why do you love it? 

The Chagos anemonefish, also known as the Chagos clownfish, is often overlooked because of its famous relative but no one can deny this colourful little fish is just as stunning and makes everyone smile. Chagos clownfish have a super power in the form of a protective shield that allows them to live among sea anemones but not get stung.

What are the threats to the Chagos clownfish? 

The Chagos clownfish can be found swimming around the shallow coral reefs of the Chagos Archipelago. Warming oceans and increased acidification are the biggest threat. In 2016 the Chagos Archipelago saw temperatures of over 30oC, some of the highest temperatures every recorded. As a result the coral reef home of the clownfish has been severely affected.

What are you doing to save it? 

The Chagos Conservation Trust was instrumental in the campaign to have the Chagos Archipelago designated as a marine reserve in 2010. The protected area is beneficial all the species that call it home including the Chagos clownfish. As it is an endemic species, and therefore the only place in the world it is found, reducing threats is vital to ensure its survival.

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