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Fiji's Unique Palette
Photograph by Tim Laman

Far more brilliant than its name suggests, a dusky anemonefish (or clownfish) hovers among the tentacles of its host anemone. This fish species—Amphiprion melanopus—wears this flaming orange color only in Fiji; elsewhere in the Pacific the same species looks quite different, with a jet-black midsection and ventral fins. Scientists are trying to learn how—and why—some of Fiji's fish species have evolved with such distinct colors.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 105mm Macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Approximately 15 feet (5 meters) deep
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Two underwater strobes used as fill for ambient light


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