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Tennessee Aquarium List of Species On Exhibit 10/4/18

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    This is an attempt to list every species on exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee during my visit on 10-4-18. I am including species for which there is a sign on each exhibit, and using the named zones on the map in the order that they are encountered on the one-way visitor path in the two separate buildings. This list may be of more interest to those already familiar with the aquarium since I am not arranging the species by animal type. I will post each zone separately for clarity.

    O C E A N J O U R N E Y:
    The aquarium's saltwater exhibits are located within this building that contains 6 named exhibit zones. The visitor path through the building begins with a lobby that leads to escalators to the top floor to begin the journey.

    TROPICAL COVE:
    The top floor of the Ocean Journey building is lit from several triangular steel forms that form a skylit ceiling and flood the following three named zones with light.

    LEMUR FOREST: (3 Exhibits)

    Medium-sized simulated mudbank and netted yard:

    Red-ruffed Lemur

    Small-sized open-top pond:
    Arowana
    Common Plecostomus
    Eartheater
    Redhook Myleus
    Silver Plochilodus
    White-blotched River Ray

    Medium-sized simulated mudbank and netted yard:
    Radiated Tortoise
    Ring-tailed Lemur
     
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    STINGRAY BAY: (1 Exhibit)

    Large-sized open-top touch pool:

    Atlantic Stingray
    Bat Eagle Ray
    Bignose Unicornfish
    Bluespotted Stingray
    Coral Catshark
    Haller's Round Stingray
    Horseshoe Crab
    Lookdown
    Pacific Blue Tang
    Shovelnose Guitarfish
    Southern Stingray
    Yellow and Blueback Fusilier
    Yellow Tang
     
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    BUTTERFLY GARDEN: (1 Exhibit)

    Large-sized walk-through room with plant-filled borders:

    I did not note the species of butterflies, which probably vary throughout the year.
     
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    PENGUINS' ROCK: (1 Exhibit)
    This zone begins the next floor down from the three previous zones seen on the top floor.

    Medium-sized room with pool, viewed through several large windows:
    Gentoo Penguin
    Macaroni Penguin
     
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    BONELESS BEAUTIES: (11 Exhibits)
    This zone is on the same level as the previous one.

    Large-sized wall tank:
    Clown Anemonefish
    Common Staghorn
    Disk Coral
    Finger Coral
    Flame Angelfish
    Foxface
    Horn Coral
    Leaf Coral
    Purple Tip Staghorn
    Toadstool Leather Coral
    Tomini Surgeonfish
    Trumpet Coral
    Twospined Angelfish
    Velvet Finger Coral
    Yellow Tang

    Medium-sized wall tank:
    Bigfin Reef Squid
    Slate Pencil Urchin
    Violet Urchin

    2 medium-sized adjacent wall tanks, each containing:
    Bat Star
    Copper Rockfish
    Giant Green Anemone
    Giant Pacific Octopus
    Mottled Sea Star
    Rainbow Star
    Rose Sea Star
    Vermilion Sea Star

    Medium-sized wall tank:
    East Coast Sea Nettle

    4 medium-sized column tanks, each containing:
    Moon Jelly

    Large-sized quarter-round wall tank with visitor pop-up bubble window in center, titled 'Body Armor':
    Common Snipefish
    Giant Spider Crab
    Pineconefish

    Medium-sized wall tank:
    Caribbean Spiny Lobster
    Lionfish
     
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    SECRET REEF/UNDERSEA CAVERN: (1 Exhibit)
    The feature exhibit of the Ocean Journey building, this 2-story habitat is viewed beginning on its upper floor and then descending down a series of ramps to its lower floor.

    Very large-sized tank viewed from two levels through about 6 viewing areas including a rocky-walled grotto called 'Undersea Cavern':
    Atlantic Spadefish
    Balloonfish
    Bermuda Sea Chub
    Black Durgon
    Blackbar Soldierfish
    Blue Runner
    Blue Tang
    Cottonwick
    Creolefish
    Crevalle Jack
    Doctorfish
    French Angelfish
    Gray Angelfish
    Green Turtle
    Horse-eye Jack
    Longspine Squirrelfish
    Lookdown
    Ocean Surgeonfish
    Ocean Triggerfish
    Permit
    Porcupinefish
    Queen Angelfish
    Reef Butterflyfish
    Sandbar Shark
    Sandtiger Shark
    Sargeant Major
    Southern Stingray
    Spotfin Butterflyfish
    Spotted Burrfish
    Squirrelfish
    Yellowtail Damselfish
    Yellowtail Snapper
     
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    R I V E R J O U R N E Y:
    The aquarium's freshwater exhibits are located within this building that contains 8 named exhibit zones. The visitor path through the building begins with a lobby that leads to an escalator to the top floor to begin the journey.

    APPALACHIAN COVE FOREST: (8 Exhibits)
    The top floor of the River Journey building is lit from several triangular steel forms that form a skylit ceiling and flood this zone with light. Simulated boulders and rocky walls define the spaces and simulated mature tree trunks tower up to the ceiling while real smaller plantings are scattered.

    Medium-sized rocky-walled wall terrarium:
    Black Rat Snake

    Large-sized room (the whole zone) for free-flight:
    Eastern Bluebird
    Gray Catbird
    Hermit Thrush
    Northern Cardinal
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Tennessee Warbler
    Veery

    Medium-sized rocky-walled yard with waterfalls and pond with underwater viewing:
    North American River Otter

    Small-sized terrarium set in simulated tree trunk:
    Northern Pine Snake

    Medium-sized open-top rocky-walled pond with underwater viewing panel:
    Brook Trout
    Brown Trout
    Rainbow Trout

    Small-sized open-top rocky-walled pond with underwater viewing panel:
    Greenside Darter
    Largescale Stoneroller
    Logperch
    Northern Hog Sucker
    River Chub
    Rosyside Dace
    Sawfin Shiner
    Tennessee Shiner

    Large-sized open-top 2-story deep pool with waterfall, viewed from the 'Canyon' (interior lobby filled with ramps down to the lower levels of the River Journey building):
    Brown Trout
    Rainbow Trout

    Medium-sized open-top shallow pond, viewed from the 'Canyon':
    Brook Trout
    Brown Trout
    Rainbow Trout
    River Chub
     
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    DISCOVERY HALL: (11 Exhibits)
    This zone is in a dark low-ceilinged and unthemed hall.

    The 3 following exhibits are titled 'Sunfish Diversity/Sunfish Celebration':
    Small-sized wall tank:
    Banded Pygmy Sunfish
    Bluefin Killifish
    Golden Topminnow

    Small-sized wall tank:
    Banded Sunfish
    Blackbanded Sunfish
    Bluespotted Sunfish

    Small-sized wall tank:
    Dollar Sunfish

    Medium-sized column tank titled 'Pascagoula River/Pascagoula Bayou':
    Flathead Catfish
    Longear Sunfish
    Redspotted Sunfish
    Spotted Gar
    Yellow-blotched Map Turtle

    The 2 following exhibits are titled 'Bottom Dwellers/Focus Tanks':
    Small-sized shelf tank:

    Stripe-necked Musk Turtle

    Small-sized shelf tank:
    Hellbender

    Small-sized shallow wall tank titled 'Baby Alligators':
    American Alligator

    Small-sized wall terrarium titled 'Dart Frogs':
    Blue Poison Dart Frog
    Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog
    Yellow and Blue Poison Dart Frog
    Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog

    Small-sized pedestal tank titled 'Night Voices/Tree Frogs':
    Barking Tree Frog
    Red-spotted Newt

    Small-sized open-top touchpool titled 'Sturgeon Encounter':
    Lake Sturgeon

    Small-sized quarter-round wall tank titled 'Estuary':
    Code Goby
    Fat Sleeper
    Hogchoker
    Longnose Killifish
    Sailfin Molly
    Sheepshead Minnow
     
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    MISSISSIPPI DELTA COUNTRY: (5 Exhibits)
    This zone is the second to be located in a large themed room lit from the triangular-shaped skylit ceiling above. This time it is set in a swamp with simulated cypress trunks and knees interspersed with real deadfalls and plants and simulated bayou shack.

    Large-sized room (the whole zone) for free-flight:
    Hooded Merganser
    Northern Cardinal
    Snowy Egret
    Summer Tanager
    Wood Duck

    Small-sized open-top pond with underwater viewing panels:
    Barbour's Map Turtle
    Chicken Turtle
    Eastern Mud Turtle
    Golden Redhorse
    Razorback Musk Turtle
    Spotted Turtle
    Swordspine Snook
    Yellow-blotched Map Turtle

    Medium-sized open-top pond with underwater viewing panels titled 'Alligator Bank':
    Alligator Snapping Turtle
    American Alligator
    Golden Shiner
    Green Sunfish
    Gulf Killifish

    Medium-sized open-top pond with underwater viewing panels titled 'Delta Swamp':
    Bowfin
    Chicken Turtle
    Common Carp
    Florida Redbelly Turtle
    Florida Softshell
    Red Swamp Crayfish
    River Cooter
    Robust Redhorse
    Southern Painted Turtle
    Spotted Gar
    Western Mosquitofish

    Medium-sized wall terrarium:
    Corn Snake
    Eastern Rat Snake
    Gopher Tortoise
     
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    RIVER GIANTS: (1 Exhibit)
    This exhibit is previewed from a small half-round window in the previous zone, but its main viewing is in the 'Canyon' lobby.

    Large-sized floor-to-ceiling tank with two large viewing panels:
    Alligator Gar
    Arapaima
    Asian Bonytongue
    Barramundi
    Freshwater Whipray
    Giant Gouramis
    Giant Pangasius Catfish
    Lake Sturgeon
    Marbled Eel
    Mustajuovamonni
    Nile Perch
    Redtail Catfish
    Striped Catfish
    Wallago Catfish
    White Sturgeon
     
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    RIVERS OF THE WORLD: (13 Exhibits)
    This zone is in a dark low-ceilinged and unthemed hall located approximately on the middle level of the River Journey building.

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Fly River':
    Boeseman's Rainbowfish
    Celebese Rainbowfish
    Dwarf Rainbowfish
    Lake Tebera Rainbowfish
    Lake Wanam Rainbowfish
    Macculloch's Rainbowfish
    Parkinson's Rainbowfish
    Pig-nosed Turtle
    Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle
    Red Rainbowfish
    Threadfin Rainbowfish
    Turqoise Rainbowfish

    Medium-sized wall tank titled 'Chinese Mountain Stream':
    Beal's Four-eyed Turtle
    Black-breasted Leaf Turtle
    Butterfly Hillstream Loach
    Chinese Sucker
    Crocodile Lizard
    White Cloud Mountain Fish
    Zhou's Vermilion Goby

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Volga River':
    Northern Pike
    Russian Sturgeon
    Siberian Sturgeon

    Small-sized wall tank titled 'Electric Eel':
    Electric Eel
    Ember Tetra

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Nishikigoi':
    Japanese Pond Turtle
    Koi

    Medium-sized wall tank titled 'Amazon River':
    Blackline Penguinfish
    Bolivian Ram
    Cardinal Tetra
    Elephantnose Knifefish
    Gold-ringed Headstander
    Green Discus
    Panda Corydorus
    Red-headed Amazon River Turtle
    Rummy-nose Tetra
    Silver Hatchetfish
    Striped Headstander
    Three-spot Anostomus
    Whiptail Catfish

    Medium-sized wall tank titled 'Amazon River' (a second one):
    Banded Leporinus
    Eartheater
    Pinktail Chalceus
    Raphael Catfish
    Redhook Myleus
    Red Piranha
    Red Wolf Fish
    Silver Prochilodus

    Medium-sized wall tank titled 'Congo River/Zaire River':
    Ablabe's Barb
    Clipper Barb
    Congo Tetra
    Dwarf Crocodile
    Featherfin Squeaker
    Lifalili Cichlid
    Lionhead Cichlid
    Longfin Tetra
    One Line African Tetra
    Silver Distichodus
    Sixbar Distichodus
    Spotted Ctenopoma
    Spotted Tilapia

    Medium-sized wall tank titled 'Malebo Pool':
    African Glass Catfish
    African Knifefish
    Altus Tetra
    Blotched Upsidedown Catfish
    Elephantnose Fish
    Freshwater Butterflyfish
    Gold Congo Tetra
    Lionhead Cichlid
    Mottled Ctenopoma
    Orangestriped Synodontis
    Slender Lionhead Cichlid
    Yellowtail Tetra

    Small-sized wall tank titled 'Freshwater Pipefish':
    Black Line Pipefish
    Long Mouth Freshwater Pipefish
    Reticulate Loach
    Short-tailed Pipefish
    Stone Catfish

    Small-sized square column tank titled 'Rain Forest Pond':
    Aquatic Caecilian

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Lake Tanganyika':
    Blunthead Cichlid
    Bubu
    Calvus Cichlid
    Convict Julie
    Cuckoo Catfish
    Daffodil Cichlid
    Duboisi Cichlid
    Giant Freshwater Puffer
    Golden Featherfin Cichlid
    Humphead Cichlid
    Lemon Cichlid
    Leptosoma Cichlid
    Ndobnoi Cichlid
    Ornate Bichir
    Sixbar Distichodus
    Tiger Fish
    Ventralis Cichlid

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Mossy Frog
     
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    TENNESSEE RIVER: (35 Exhibits)
    This zone is in a dark low-ceilinged and unthemed hall located approximately on the middle level of the River Journey building.

    The 18 following exhibits are in a subzone titled 'Turtle Gallery':
    3 small-sized wall terrariums, containing 1 species each:
    African Pancake Tortoise
    Chinese Big-headed Turtle
    Flattened Musk Turtle

    Small-sized wall terrarium titled 'Riches of the Orient':
    Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle
    Four-eyed Turtle
    Keeled Box Turtle
    Spiny Turtle
    Yellow-headed Temple Turtle

    Small-sized wall terrarium titled 'Middle Ground':
    Meso-American Slider
    Nicaraguan Slider

    Small-sized wall terrarium titled 'Why So Bright?':
    Indian Star Tortoise

    Small-sized wall terrarium titled 'The Indian Subcontinent':
    Indian Black Turtle
    Spotted Pond Turtle

    5 small-sized wall terrariums, containing 1 species each:
    Alligator Snapping Turtle
    Blanding's Turtle
    Leopard Tortoise
    Matamata
    Parker's Snake-necked Turtle

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Australian Snake-necked Turtle
    Giant Snake-necked Turtle
    Parker's Snake-necked Turtle

    4 small-sized wall terrariums titled 'Turtle Nursery', containing 1 species each:
    Black-breasted Leaf Turtle
    Four-eyed Turtle
    Gulf Coast Box Turtle
    Spiny Turtle

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Big Bend Slider

    The 4 following exhibits are titled 'Tennessee's Amazing Darters':
    Small-sized wall tank:

    Bronze Darter
    Greenbreast Darter

    Small-sized wall tank:
    Gilt Darter
    Greenfin Darter
    Tennessee Darter

    Small-sized wall tank:
    Caney Fork Darter
    Cherry Darter
    Redline Darter

    Small-sized wall tank:
    Duck Darter
    Rainbow Darter
    Spangled Darter

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Invasive Species':
    Common Carp
    Grass Carp
    Redbreast Sunfish
    Yellow Perch

    Medium-sized wall tank:
    Blacktail Shiner
    Rough Shiner
    Southern Redbelly Dace

    Large-sized wall tank titled 'Reelfoot Lake':
    Black Crappie
    Blue Sucker
    Creek Chubsucker
    Longear Sunfish
    Paddlefish
    Pallid Sturgeon
    Shovelnose Sturgeon
    Spotted Sunfish
    Yellow Bass
    Warmouth
    White Crappie

    Small-sized wall tank titled 'Backwaters':
    Alabama Shiner
    Coosa Shiner
    Rainbow Shiner
    Tricolor Shiner

    Small-sized wall tank titled 'Backwaters' (a second one):
    Barrens Topminnow
    Blacknose Dace
    Flame Chub
    Southern Redbelly Dace

    The 3 following exhibits are titled 'Salamanders of the Southern Appalachians':
    Small-sized wall terrarium:

    Hellbender

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Northern Red Salamander

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Spotted Salamander
    Yonahlossee Salamander

    4 small-sized pedestal tanks titled 'Tiny But Mighty Important':
    Barrens Topminnow

    Very large-sized 2-story tank viewed from two sides titled 'Nickajack Lake':
    Bigmouth Buffalo
    Black Buffalo
    Black Crappie
    Blue Catfish
    Bluegill
    Channel Catfish
    Common Carp
    Common Goldeneye (a bird that lives unseen above the surface mostly)
    False Map Turtle
    Freshwater Drum
    Hybrid Striped Bass
    Largemouth Bass
    Longear Sunfish
    Longnose Gar
    Ouachita Map Turtle
    Paddlefish
    Redbreast Sunfish
    Redear Sunfish
    Red-eared Slider
    River Cooter
    Rock Bass
    Smallmouth Buffalo
    Spotted Bass
    Spotted Gar
    Warmouth
    White Bass
    White Crappie
    Yellow Perch
     
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    LAKE NICARAGUA: (1 Exhibit)
    This exhibit is viewed from the lower level of the 'Canyon' lobby.

    Large-sized wall tank:
    Blackbelt Cichlid
    Convict Cichlid
    Flier Cichlid
    Guapote
    Guapote Tigre
    Midas Cichlid
    Nicaragua Cichlid
    Rainbow Cichlid
    Red Devil
    Yellowjacket Cichlid
     
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    AMAZON FLOODED FOREST: (1 Exhibit)
    This exhibit is viewed from the lower level of the 'Canyon' lobby.

    Large-sized wall tank:
    Banded Cichlid
    Geoffroy's Snake-necked Turtle
    Giant South American River Turtle
    Leopard Catfish
    Oscar
    Peacock Bass
    Pirapatinga
    Ripsaw Catfish
    Sickleband Brycon
    Speckled Pavon
    Spotted-bellied Side-neck Turtle
    Tambaqui
    Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle
     
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    SUMMARY:

    By my count, the total number of exhibits currently at the Tennessee Aquarium is: 93

    By my count, the total number of species in permanent exhibits with identification signs is: 361 (probably at least 20 more if Butterfly Garden species had been noted)
    The number of species I counted can be broken down into the following categories:
    Mammals: 3
    Birds: 15
    Reptiles: 55
    Amphibians: 12
    Fish: 251
    Invertebrates: 25 (probably at least 20 more if Butterfly Garden species had been noted)
     
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    Thanks for your usual dedication to details and Tennessee Aquarium having almost 70 reptile/amphibian species is more than can be said for many major American zoos! I personally love the aquarium and it is easily amidst the 5 best I've ever visited of the 90 or so different aquariums that I've toured in my lifetime.
     
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    Was the River Giants tank impressive? Does the freshwater theme of the original aquarium hold up well as an exhibit theme?

    This aquarium is high on my list of aquariums to visit.
     
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    I'm thinking about visiting this aquarium later in the year so this species list will definitely be of help to me! I take it the aquarium no longer keeps Cape Speckled Padloper, Alabama Red-Bellied Cooter, or Tennessee Cave Salamander?

    ~Thylo
     
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    I was within driving distance of this Aquarium on the US road trip but unfortunately had no idea where it was in the state and so didn’t really consider it, so you can imagine my dismay when I found out where it was located! But as usual I’m enjoying these species lists!
     
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    This list is amazing. I have always wanted to visit this aquarium and lookinh at that turtle collection makes me even more anxious to do it. I often see this place compared to the National Aquarium. How do you think they compare?
     
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