BURRFISH + MORE

STRIPED BURRFISH

Like pufferfish, the striped burrfish can take in water to inflate its body when it feels threatened. It does this with the help of an organ called the buccal pump. The spikes of the burrfish are an additional defense mechanism that the pufferfish does not have. Another interesting thing about burrfish is that rather than relying solely on their fins, Striped Burrfish use their gills like jets and push water through them to propel themselves forward. 

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BABY EPAULETTE SHARKS

Try to spot the baby epaulette sharks in this display. Since they are still quite young, they love to hide in crevices and usually just come out to eat. Unlike most sharks, the epaulette has the ability to uses its fins as legs to "walk" over reefs to look for prey. In addition, the epaulette shark can breath out of water! It can actually survive 60 times longer without oxygen than humans! In order to do this, the little shark slows its breathing and heart rate and powers down its brain.

This species gets its name from the very large, black spot behind each pectoral fin, which are reminiscent of military epaulettes. These markings can be confusing for predators as they look like a large eye.

These young epaulette sharks hatched here at the aquarium in Fall 2019 from egg casings called mermaid purses. As with most sharks, they have very low reproductive rates and are vulnerable to population decline from habitat loss and climate change.

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ENGINEER GOBY

This type of fish likes to build burrows by digging in the sand bed, even when they have established their home. They spend their days usually searching for food or hiding under the rocks when they are not digging.

In some occasion, the burrows can be shared for any symbiotic relationship with another species like shrimp.

SHREVEPORT AQUARIUM
  1. TRIGGERFISH + MORE
  2. MORE TROPICAL FISH
  3. PORKFISH + MORE
  4. SKUNK CLOWNFISH + MORE
  5. BURRFISH + MORE
  6. LIONFISH + MORE
  7. POISON DART FROGS
  8. BABY ALLIGATORS
  9. ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES
  10. SALVINIA
  11. ALBINO COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE
  12. POND TURTLES
  13. SHORELINE TOUCHPOOLS
  14. COMMON OCTOPUS
  15. SPOTTED SPINY LOBSTERS
  16. MORAY EELS + MORE
  17. SHARK TUNNEL
  18. STINGRAYS
  19. CLEANER SHRIMP
  20. JAWFISH + MORE
  21. EQUIPMENT ROOM
  22. MOON JELLIES
  23. ANTHIAS
  24. PAJAMA CARDINALFISH
  25. CLOWNFISH + MORE
  26. SWELL SHARKS + MORE
  27. SEA NETTLES
  28. LIVE CORAL TANK