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Animal Updates – December 27

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Northern Hogsuckers in Maryland Mountains to the Sea

A new group of 10 northern hogsuckers has been added to the Allegheny Stream gallery of our Maryland Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

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The hogsucker is a very distinctive-looking fish with a pronounced, fleshy mouth, which it uses to rummage through substrate and sift our food!

Did you know? These fish are good indicators of waterway health, as they are intolerant of polluted and dirty water.

Clown Triggerfish in Surviving Through Adaptation

A new clown triggerfish has been added to our Displaying gallery!

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This species gets its name from unique look – clown triggerfish have black bellies with large white spots and bright yellow lips!

Clown triggerfish are normally shy and solitary, but they can be very aggressive. Some may charge or attack intruders. When hiding from predators, triggerfish lock themselves into small openings with their trigger fin and bite down on the coral or rock to ensure their safety.

These fish can be found in many areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans such as Africa, Indonesia, Samoa, Japan, and New Caledonia.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Animal Update – December 20

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Strawberry Anemones in Surviving Through Adaptation

We have a whole colony of strawberry anemones now on exhibit in our Surviving Through Adaptation gallery!

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Did you know? These animals only grow to be about an inch wide! Like many other species of anemone, their tentacles are equipped with a potent poison which can stun prey/predators.

Strawberry anemones reproduce by splitting themselves into two identical copies, in a process known as fission. Along the ragged coast of the Pacific Ocean, you can see many rocks and ledges covered in these pink anemones!

Spotfin Butterflyfish in Lurking Gallery

A group of spotfin butterflyfish (originally from our DC location) has been added to our Lurking gallery.

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Did you know? The black bar across this fish’s eye confuses predators.

This species is found in the Western Atlantic, from the east coast of the United States to Brazil.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Animal Updates – December 13

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Bird Wrasse in Displaying Gallery!

A bird wrasse was just added to our Displaying gallery!

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The bird wrasse (Gomphosus varius) is reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific. This species, also known as the birdfish or green birdmouth wrasse, is easily recognized by its elongated, snout-like mouth, which it only grows as it reaches adulthood.

Bird wrasse fish prefer to make their homes in the lagoon and/or seaward areas within coral reef habitats.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Animal Updates – December 6

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Banded Moray Eel in Surviving Through Adaptation

A banded moray eel can now be seen in our Surviving Through Adaptation gallery!

national aquarium moray eel

Did you know? There are over 200 species of moray eel! Known for their serpentine appearance, morays use their long, dorsal fin to navigate through water.

These eels are fairly secretive animals. They prefer to spend most of their day hidden in crevices within their coral reef homes.

Raccoon Butterflyfish in Pacific Coral Reef 

A raccoon butterflyfish has been added to our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit!

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The raccoon butterflyfish gets its name from the black “raccoon-like” mask that covers its eyes!

This reef species can be found in both the Indo-Pacific and Southeast Atlantic. Their diet usually consists of a combination of benthic invertebrates (like tube worms) and algae

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Animal Updates – November 15

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New Wolf Eel in Kelp Forest

A second wolf eel, former resident of our DC venue, has been introduced into our Kelp Forest exhibit!

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Did you know? The wolf eel is not a true eel, but part of the Anarhichadidae family of “wolf fishes.” This fish likes to live in rocky areas and is able to squeeze into small crevices due to its long, slender body.

national aquarium wolf eel

Wolf eels are attentive parents. Both males and females will wrap their bodies around the egg mass to keep it in place and protect it from predators. Only one wolf eel will leave the eggs to hunt at a time. A pair of wolf eels may remain together and mate for life.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!


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