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Animal Update: Yellowstriped Cardinalfish

Nine yellowstriped cardinalfish have been added to Blacktip Reef!

Published October 14, 2016

These fish are native to the waters from the Maldives to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Found in coral reef environments, they like to hide in areas of soft and stony corals and in high sea grasses or other plants.

yellowstriped-cardinalfish

Yellowstriped cardinalfish are orange and red with gold stripes. A black spot near this fish's tail helps to confuse possible predators about the direction in which it swims. The cardinalfish also uses its coloration as camouflage in its reef environment.

As carnivorous fish, they feed on a variety of planktonic crustaceans and small invertebrates. While they only grow to about 3 inches long, they can even eat small fish!

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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