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Animal Update: Atlantic Creole Fish

Three Atlantic creole fish have been added to Atlantic Coral Reef!

Published February 09, 2018

The Atlantic creole fish is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as well as the western Atlantic Ocean, from the southern United States to the northern part of South America. They tend to inhabit coral reefs and hard bottoms in shallow waters, but they can also be found in deeper waters.

Atlantic creole fish

The Atlantic creole fish has a long body with a small head and a sharp, forked tail. These fish can grow to be up to 11 inches in length, and they can vary in color from gray to bright red.  

This fish feeds in large groups near the surface of the water. They primarily feed on zooplankton, but here at the National Aquarium, they prefer large pieces of food, which allows the smaller fish in the exhibit to feed on smaller pieces of food. Predators of the Atlantic creole fish include larger fish and sharks. 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!


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