Animal Update: New Additions to Surviving Through Adaptation Exhibit

Three species of tropical fish have been added to our Occupying gallery!

Published November 11, 2016

Tomato Clownfish
The tomato clownfish can be distinguished from other clownfish by its deep orange color with white and black markings. Native to the waters of Japan and the South China Sea, this fish reaches a maximum length of about five and a half inches. Like other species of clownfish, the tomato clownfish creates a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones. They use the anemones for protection from predators and as a food source.

Desjardin’s Sailfin Tang
Desjardin’s sailfin tangs can be found in tropical reef environments in the Indian Ocean. Growing to a maximum length of 16 inches, these fish display their large ventral and dorsal fins to ward off predators. They primarily eat algae and plankton. While juvenile fish are solitary, adult fish are usually found in pairs.Desjardins-Sailfin-Tang

Neon Damselfish
Neon damselfish inhabit the tropical reefs and lagoons of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Brightly colored, these fish are extremely territorial in their environments. They forage for the majority of the day looking for plankton and other organisms to consume. These damselfish protect their feeding grounds and nests with the same intensity since they usually live in the same area for their entire lives.

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