About This Animal
SIZE: 14 cm
RANGE: West Pacific and Indian Ocean
HABITAT: Sea grass beds
ON EXHIBIT: Seahorse exhibit in River Journey
The Coral Shrimpfish is an unusual fish that is a distant relative of the seahorses and pipefish. Its slender, flattened body allows it to hide among the branches of corals or spines of a sea urchin. It swims “upside down” in synchronized schools and feeds on tiny zooplankton. Hanging vertically in the water, these creatures are well hidden among the sea grasses they call home.