Posts Tagged 'coral reef animals'

Animal Update – January 3

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Two angelfish species added to Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

A queen angelfish and a french angelfish have been introduced into our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit.

There are over 80 species of angelfish inhabiting the world’s oceans. These tropical fish make their homes in shallow waters surrounding coral reefs!

Did you know? Queen angelfish get their name from the crown-like ring that sits on their heads.

Starry puffer introduced into Blacktip Reef!

Our Blacktip Reef exhibit has a new resident – a starry pufferfish!

national aquarium starry puffer

Starry puffers can only be found in the Indo-Pacific region. Measuring up to 4 feet in length, they are one of the largest identified species of pufferfish in the world!

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

Happy National Catfish Day!

Today is National Catfish Day! 

Did you know the National Aquarium is home to 34 species of catfish? We have catfish of all shapes and sizes – here are just a few of our largest and smallest:

In celebration of this great day, here are some fascinating catfish facts: 

  • These aren’t felines who have developed gills – Catfish are actually named for their barbels, which resemble a cat’s whiskers.
  • Catfish are nocturnal creatures.
  • Species of catfish can be found on every continent expect Antarctica.
  • Catfish are bottom feeders. Most species use their sucker mouths as little vacuums, grabbing up morsels of food! Watch our whiptail catfish  vacuuming up some treats in our Amazon River Forest exhibit.
  • Catfish have no scales!
  • A new species of suckermouth catfish was just discovered in 2012!
  • Catfish have one of the largest ranges of size of any species of bony fish – with the smallest species measuring in at only about 1 centimeter and the largest species at 8.2 feet.
  • The striped eel catfish is the only species of catfish that lives in coral reefs. They’re also one of the 1,600 species of venomous catfish.

Got a question about catfish? Ask us in the comments section! 

Animal Update – October 5

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

A new porcupinefish in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

We have a new porcupinefish Diodon hystrix in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! You can easily spot our newest addition, Gizmo, because she is the smallest of our three porcupinefish in the reef.

Did you know? A porcupinefish can grow to a maximum length of 3 feet!

Porcupinefish, also known as blowfish or pufferfish, are found in shallow temperate and tropical seas worldwide. They range in color from olive to brown, with a pale underside and dark spots over the entire body.

Porcupinefish inflate their body by swallowing water or air. They almost double in size to reduce the range of potential predators!

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


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