Coral Shrimpfish

Aeoliscus strigatus

About This Animal

SIZE: 14 cm

RANGE: West Pacific and Indian Ocean

HABITAT: Sea grass beds

DIET: Zooplankton

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.