Clownfish

Nemo’s father wept,

When the cold deep claimed his wife

And he became mom.

Clownfish (Subfamily Amphiprioninae) were made famous by Pixar’s Finding Nemo, to the point were fans both young and old at pet shops and aquaria go crazy after spotting a “nemo” fish or one of his friends. One of the interesting aspects of clownfish biology is that they are protandrous hermaphrodites. All start off as males and then a few become female as required. For finding Nemo this means that following the mother’s untimely death during a barracuda attack, the remaining parent should have become a female. I for one would have like to see how such a plot twist would have been received by the target audience.

 

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