||Name: Foxfaced Fish|
|Scientific name: Siganus virgatus|
|Range: Southwest Pacific|
|Habitat: Doesn't mind bright light and likes sandy substrate|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet in the wild: Grazers of Green algae and hair algae|
|Diet in the zoo: Herbivorous diet of krill, brine shrimp and romaine lettuce|
|Location in the zoo: Aquarium|
The foxfaced fish is very passive and peaceful. They are seldom aggressive towards other fish. Yet, when they are frightened the anal and dorsal spines erect. They possess a toxin that is more painful than any common Lionfish. However, it is not deadly.
|Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
At night, and when sacred, they take on a giraffe-pattern to their body. Dark blotches appear, and they are able to blend into the darkness very easily, with the exception of the front of their head.
|Comments about the foxfaced fish of the Fort Worth
The Foxfaced fish is a glorious creature to
study. Unfortunately, the Fort Worth Zoo has taken the Aquarium out
of the exhibit. Please write a letter to the Fort Worth City Council
in support of bringing the Aquarium back to the Fort Worth Zoo.
I was able to observe the foxfaced fish in my friend's tank. They pretty much are like any other fish, mind their own business and keep to themselves. Yet, they are amazing to watch.
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