Creole Fish

Creole fish

Paranthias furcifer

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The creole fish actually varies in color from very bright red to gray.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Lurking

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Creole fish

The creole fish has an elongated body with a very short head and a forked tail. This fish can be any color from gray to a very bright red. It inhabits coral reefs and hard bottoms, preferring the shallow water but is found as deep as 165 feet.

The creole fish feeds in large groups, often very close to the surface of the water. However, this species tends to hide immediately when alarmed.

Diet

The creole fish feeds primarily on zooplankton.

Size

This fish can reach up to 11 inches in length.

Range

The creole fish is found in the Western Atlantic from the southern United States to Brazil, and the Eastern Atlantic near the islands of Principe and São Tomé.

Population Status

This species is not threatened.

Predators

Larger fish and sharks.

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A Note From the Caretaker

These fish prefer larger pieces of food, allowing the smaller food to get to the smaller fish in the exhibit.