basics/symbiosis.txt · Last modified: 08 May, 2019 @ 12:05pm by Jan Viljoen | Approved (version: 1)


Symbiosis is a composition termIndicate the integrated real life manifestation (i.e. harmonious environmental fit) of terms such as - for example - awareness, context, balance, equilibrium, archetypes & habitats. to…

  1. emphasize the holistic nature of human beingness,
  2. highlight the value of a harmonious environmental fit,
  3. underscore the importance of contextual awareness to really understand umwelt composites and to
  4. avoid the fragmentation of understandings, resulting from an objective-statistical approach.

The above indicated composition base of the term symbiosis would require plenty pages of text to explain all the symbiotic variations used and indicated in an AltanaESP context. However, all symbiotic references has specific principles in common that can best be explained with a real life example from creation… the Sea Anemone and Clown fish Symbiosis.

For explanation purposes, Anemones could be substituted by Habitats and Clown Fishes by Archetypes, for example…

Anemone the Habitat

Sea Anemones are predators that attach themselves to rocks or coral (creating a hostile environment for most fishes). There, they sit and patiently wait for an unaware fish to swim close enough for an attack with its tentacles. When a fish swims close by an anemone, its tentacles will shoot out a long poisonous thread. The toxins in this thread paralyze its prey, which makes it possible for the anemone to “reel it in” for an easy meal.

Clown Fish the Archetype

Clown fishes are the only fish species that can survive the deadly sting of the sea anemone. By making the anemone their home, clown fishes developed immunity to its sting. In preparation a clown fish will gently touch every part of its body to the anemone’s tentacles, until it no longer affects them. A layer of mucus forms on its scales preventing clown fishes from getting stung again, resistance to anemone toxins and are no longer regarded by the anemone as possible prey (i.e. strategy to change its future stars by actions taken NOW!).

Sea Anemone & Clown Fish Symbiosis


Sea anemone makes an ideal home for clown fishes. Its poisonous tentacles provide protection from predators and a clown fish also feed on the anemone’s leftovers. A clown fish can help an anemone catch its prey by luring other fish toward the anemone. Clown fishes also eat any dead tentacles keeping the anemone healthy and the sea area around it clean.

Symbiotic Benefits…

Clown Fish: The anemone protects the clown fish and provides a safe place for it to feed, sleep and breed.

Anemone: The clown fish protects the anemone against predators, such as the large butterfly fish and certain invertebrates. Clown fishes also have a tendency to irritate neighboring competitors.

Mutual: The clown fish feeds it. Clown fishes will take bits of food that are too large for it to feed on and shove it directly into the mouth of the anemone. Result… a better fed and larger anemone, allowing more clown fishes to stay there and a safer environment is created for all, gradually evolving from a mere survival environment to a prospering habitat.

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  • Last modified: 08 May, 2019 @ 12:05pm
  • by Jan Viljoen