|Scientific name: Hypsypops rubicundus|
|Range: Along the California Coast|
|Habitat: Shallow waters along rocky bottoms|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet in the wild: insects, foliage|
|Diet in the zoo: herbivore diet|
|Location in the zoo: Aquarium
(Aquarium closed: not currently on exhibit)
Although most fish swim in schools, the Garibaldi is solitary in nature. It is a fiercely territorial fish, and will often attack larger animals that threaten its young. The garibaldi uses its bright orange color to ward off potential predators. It usually prefers warm, shallow water and dwells in temperate saltwater regions.
|Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
Contrary to the majority of other organisms, it is the
male Garibaldi who builds the nest and takes care of the young. Female
Garibaldis are very selective in choosing a mate, and most males are actually
Although the garibaldi is a rather small fish, it can become extremely aggressive, especially when it comes to protecting its young. Its bright orange color makes it very recogizeable, not only to would-be predators, but to humans as well.
|Comments about the Garibaldi of the Fort Worth Zoo:
However, I did go to New Orleans and saw the Garibaldi there. Although I could not find anyone with whom I could speak about the fish, I did get to read some interesting background information and observe the fish for quite some time.
What struck me most about the fish I observed in New Orleans was the fact that, even in the aquarium, Garibaldis are still very solitary, electing to be alone rather than swim with the other fish.
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