Animal Update: Banggai Cardinalfish

There are baby Banggai cardinalfish in our Surviving through Adaptation exhibit!

Published October 28, 2016

Native to the Banggai Islands of Indonesia, this species occupies a very small geographic range less than 4,000 miles wide. They are found in around jetties and within sea grasses. They are even known to hide in the spines of sea urchins for protection against predators!banggai-cardinalfish

While these fish are extremely small now, they will grow to be about three inches in length. The Banggai, along with other cardinalfish, eat plankton and small, bottom-dwelling crustaceans.banggai-cardinalfish

Banggai cardinalfish live in groups and are rather sedentary as a species. Their movement between groups is rather limited, which contributes to their small geographic range. While this behavior is instinctively protective, it could put them at risk for extinction from over fishing or climate change.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Jellies in petri dish Welcome to the Jelly Jungle

Deep inside the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) building, the National Aquarium runs a little-known lab. Here we carry out the propagation of jellies, many of which later end up on exhibit in Jellies Invasion. Read on for a peek into the process!

Read the full story

Cold stunned turtle Cold Stunning: Where, How and Why?

Picture this: You’ve just spent a wonderful, late summer week on Cape Cod, swimming in the ocean and enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. As fall sets in, you know it’s time to head home. You get on the highway, but something strange happens … despite driving for hours, you end up back where you started. You feel sluggish, confused and exhausted. If you were a turtle, you just might be cold-stunned.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: Macaw-esome Pair in Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Published August 23, 2019

Animal Update: McHenry the Loggerhead Ready for Release

Published October 25, 2018