Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Headstanders

 

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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