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Animal Update - September 19

Published September 19, 2014

Our newest exhibit, Blacktip Reef, which models a typical reef ecosystem found in the Indo-Pacific, received an abundance of new residents earlier this week! Notable additions include:

Panther Grouper

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Also known as the humpback grouper, this fish is native to the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific. Habitat degradation has seriously threatened the survival of this species in recent years. As a result, the panther grouper has been listed as "Vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Harlequin Tuskfish

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Did you know? The stunning harlequin tuskfish gets its name from the pairs of alternating orange, blue and white bands on its body and from its prominent sharp, blue teeth!

Slingjaw Wrasse

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The slingjaw wrasse has a very peculiar skill: it folds its jaw under its head when not in use and extends it from its body when it needs to catch food. The jaw functions like a straw in order to capture its prey using suction!

Watch this video of a slingjaw wrasse in action:

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