Clownfish jaw clicking

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Clownfish chatter with clacking jaws - life - 17 May 2007 - New Scientist
I've heard mine doing this as they bicker.  I thought I might have a mantis shrimp at first, then researched and found this.
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Reply #1

That's interesting. I get a clicking sound sometimes, assumed pistol shrimp.
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Me too, usually in the evening,  but I don't have clarkiis!
I should really sort this out!!

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Sounds like Me and Mike are ok, but you're screwed Rob! :tongue:

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Reply #4

It's absolutely the Clarkii!

I just fed some chopped raw prawns, and he came to grab one, and whenever another fish was going for the food too, he'd click (you can see his jaw go) and grab the food. The click startled the other fish who then let him have the food.

It's blatantly obvious it's him now I know where to look.

Wow, learned something new, that's really impressive. It's quite loud too!
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Yeah, I saw mine getting all excited and wondered if it was hitting the bottom of the tank or something, then I heard it when she was chasing bubbles.  I was pretty sure the noise came from her, so googled "Clarkii noise" and found that article.  Marines never fail to amaze me.

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I wonder if this is what was happening in a friends tank as he said he heard clicking when the lights went out. I wound him up it was a mantis shrimp as he'd stuck a big chunk of LR in there a few days before.

So maybe it was his clowns.....but I still think some bad shrimp as he'd lost a bicolour, 2 shrimps and all of his hermits and snails.

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Reply #7

Could well be a mantis shrimp then.  I think this noise is specifically Clarkiis, not all clowns.

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Reply #8

Admittedly my Mantis shrimp was only small, but my big bulldog-like Clarkii's click is far louder than that of the mantis.

Really pleased I know what it is now, as we were assuming it was a pistol shrimp and kept looking in a hole we thought was living in.

We hear it occasionally when we're not feeding too. So now look at him, and you see a quick flinch as he does it. awesome.

I think they only do it when reaching/at maturity too, as it only started a few months ago.
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Reply #11

Not just Clarkiis then...here are some pink skunks doing it too:
Pink Clownfish teritorial sounds - YouTube

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Ah mine is far louder than those sound. I'll try to get a video.

Mine also doesn't minigun them out like that. It gives one or two, maybe 3 in quick succession, but they're much more random. In those vids, they seem to be a succession of 5 or so clicks, a pause, then the same. Mine is a bit more random.

I'll see if I can get a good video of it.
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I heard my female doing this when they were bickering, its weird  :O
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Reply #14

Yes, very odd.  Once you know, you can see the jaw juddering as they make the noise.  Funny little things.  Yet another reason to fall in love with them  <3

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