Although spinecheek anemonefish are not endangered, there are concerns for populations and their reef habitats due to the "Nemo craze". In the last generation 15 to 30% of the world's reefs have been lost. After release of Disney's "Finding Nemo" movie, which has an anemonefish as its main protagonist, anemonefish sales have increased. Collecting methods are often extremely destructive, permanently damaging reefs.
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
State of Michigan List: no special status
- Osterhoudt, S. 2004. Buying Nemo. E Magazine, July/August: 10.