Skunk Anemonefish hovering between the tentacles of a sea anemone
Skunk Anemonefish hovering between the tentacles of a the sea anemone Heteractis magnifica with which it has a commensal relationship...Skunk Anemonefish / Family: POMACENTRIDAE / Species: Amphiprion akallopisos..Sea anemone / Family: STICHODACTYLIDAE / species: Heteractis magnifica ..Indian ocean south of Wasini Island near Ras Mundini, south Kenya coast...Individuals of Heteractis magnifica are zooxanthellate, meaning they are symbiotic with zooxanthellae (unicellular and photosynthetic protozoans that live inside some of the cells of the sea anemone). The zooxanthellae continue photosynthesizing (using sunlight to produce sugars) while inside the sea anemone; the sea anemone can then use the sugars as food. It stands to reason then, that the more zooxanthellae the sea anemone houses and can expose to sunlight, the more sugars the sea anemones can obtain...The South Coast from Mombasa to the Tanzanian border is the site (Shimoni-Vanga) of FFI's Darwin-funded project in partnership with EAWS and others for the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources, through the establishment of community-conserved areas (CCAs) and no-take zones managed by local community-based organisations (CBOs), beach management units (BMUs) and community forest associations (CFAs) for mangrove habitats.
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