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Animal Update: Clown Surgeonfish

Four clown surgeonfish have been added to Blacktip Reef!

Published October 07, 2016

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Clown surgeonfish are native to Indo-Pacific regions, which are replicated in our Blacktip Reef exhibit. Growing up to 15 inches in length, these fish spend most of their time near reefs in waters just a few meters deep.

While beautiful to look at, these fish are very territorial. Clown surgeonfish have a tendency to gather en masse, or school. Males defend their territory and the female fish who live within it. They are mostly herbivorous, grazing on algae during the day, but might eat crustaceans on occasion.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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