Animal Update: Reef Squirrelfish

Three reef squirrelfish have been added to our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!

Published August 12, 2016

Reef squirrelfish are typically found in the tropical regions of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. These fish can grow up to ten inches long and lives in reef environments.

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You may notice this fish has very large eyes! This is crucial to their survival as they are mostly, if not entirely, nocturnal. Their name also stems from their eyes, as they resemble squirrels!
 
While their bright color is alluring, the venomous spines located near their gills protect them from predators. These pointy spines can inflict serious harm on those who get too close!
 
See if you can spot these bright additions to our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!
 
Stay tuned for more updates!

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