This 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave habitat highlights one of the most happening neighborhoods in the ocean: an Indo-Pacific coral reef.
Positioned across from the Aquarium’s signature four-story Giant Ocean Tank, this new exhibit accentuates the biological richness of an Indo-Pacific coral reef community. Its bright, enhanced backdrop helps visitors learn about these “rainforests of the sea” that are so essential to supporting thousands of species of fish, sea turtles, sharks, and other marine life.
This exhibit represents an Indo-Pacific coral reef. The coral was handmade and painted by Aquarium artists. The habitat inside is so accurate that it can be hard to tell it isn’t real! Coral reefs are found throughout the Earth’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Indo-Pacific coral reefs comprise the tropical waters off the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean.
Meet Some Reef Residents
Tomato clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) live in anemones and are immune to its stinging tentacles.
Longnose butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris) pairs stay together by focusing on their partner’s false eyespot.
The orangespine unicornfish (Naso lituratus) is sometimes known as a "clown surgeonfish" or "lipstick tang" because of its bright coloring.