Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies



Do you like to stand on your head?

Here are some unusual fish that do. All of these “headstanders” mimic their surroundings by hanging out upside-down. This way trumpetfish look like coral branches and pipefish pretend to be blades of grass. Cornetfish are quick-change artists and shrimpfish hide in a group—all with snouts down.

Look carefully. These fish are so good at pretending to be something else, you may have trouble finding them.

Size: To about 18 inches (46 cm)
Range: reefs worldwide


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