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Lookdown

Selene vomer

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Selene vomer
Class: Fish
Length: 12 inches
Life span: 20 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: Unknown

About

I LIVE IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

The lookdown fish is native to coastal regions with hard, sandy floors throughout the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Uruguay in South America. This silvery fish can also be found in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.


I AM A CARNIVORE

The lookdown will consume a variety of crustaceans, worms, shrimp, and fish that live on the sea floor.


LOOKDOWNS ARE SOCIAL

Lookdowns are a somewhat social fish and will travel in groups of multiple individuals called shoals.


FAST, FAST FISH

The lookdown’s long, thin body structure allows them the speed and agility needed to pursue prey, as well as outmaneuver and escape from predators.


HELPING THE LOOKDOWN IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Because of their carnivore diet, the lookdown plays an important role in their ecosystem’s food chain as they help keep certain marine animal populations under control. They also are preyed upon by other marine species like sharks and larger coastal fish.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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