Animal Update: Pacific Coral Reef
Published November 18, 2016
Five new species of fish have been added to our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit!
Black Spot Angelfish
Male and female black spot angelfish are actually different colors! Females are yellow and blue, while males are marked with vertical red stripes over its pale-colored body. These reef dwelling fish can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific. These fish follow an omnivorous diet, which includes algae and zooplankton.
Brush Tail Tang
Brush tail tangs are brown-colored fish with protruding snouts from their slender bodies. Also found in the Indo-Pacific region, these fish can live at depths up to 200 feet. Brush-tail tangs feed primarily on filamentous algae and even have specialized teeth to do so!
Hawk anthias can be found near coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific. They have also been known to live near caves, ledges and other drop-offs. Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish
The yellow pyramid butterflyfish is native to the tropical reef environments of Hawaii, Indonesia and New Caledonia. The coloration of these fish, especially their black heads, help them camouflage as they hide within the reefs. As omnivores, they scour the same reefs to feed on plankton and algae.
Powderblue surgeonfish are named for the pale blue color the covers most of their bodies and the raised spine located at the base of the tail, which resembles a surgeon’s scalpel. Like other surgeonfish, these fish are herbivores and feed on benthic algae located on the ocean floor. At times this fish can be aggressive, especially over feeding territories, and can even use their "scalpel" as a defensive mechanism.
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