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Downtown Aquarium Denver List of Species on Exhibit 6-5-16

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  1. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member

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    This is an attempt to list every species on exhibit at Downtown Aquarium Denver during my visit on 6-5-16. I am arranging the list by the current visitor map by the named zones as they are encountered along its one-way route. I am including species for which there is a sign on each exhibit. This is not intended to be a full account of the collection. Also, species on exhibit are sometimes moved, so some that were there one day may have disappeared from public view the next. This list may be of more interest to those already familiar with the aquarium since I am not arranging the species by animal type. It should be noted that a majority of the aquatic exhibits seemed to have unsigned species in addition to those with signs; I have listed them as 'Fish' in the exhibits that have an especially notable number of unsigned species. All exhibits are indoors.

    NORTH AMERICAN WILDERNESS: (10 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are within a large glass atrium room with highly-detailed simulated rockwork and temperate forest flora.

    Leftside of visitor path:
    Medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Crappie
    Sunfish
    Turtle (unsigned unidentified species)

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium with 2 viewing areas:
    Buffalo Fish
    Longnose Gar
    Spotted Gar
    Sturgeon (unidentified species)
    Turtle (unsigned unidentified species)
    Walleye

    Small-sized shallow aquarium set in rockwork above visitor path, viewed from below:
    Fish (unsigned unidentified species)

    Medium-sized open-top aqaurium:
    Kokanee Salmon

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Musky
    Pike (unidentified species)
    Smallmouth Bass

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium with 3 viewing areas:
    Arctic Char
    Arctic Grayling
    Green Sturgeon
    Grennback Cutthroat Trout

    Rightside of visitor path:
    Smallish-sized open-top aquarium:
    Alligator Snapping Turtle
    Rio Grande Cichlid

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Colorado Pikeminnow
    Humpback Chub
    Razorback Sucker

    Small-sized open-top aquarium:
    Rio Grande Chub

    Large rocky yard with underwater viewing, 4 viewing areas, and small den behind glass:
    North American River Otter

    IN THE DESERT: (9 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are mostly within a dark cave hallway with detailed simulated sandstone rockwork and a thrilling flashflood demonstration exhibit that contains no live animals.

    Large wall aquarium with 2 viewing areas:
    Channel Catfish
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Grass Carp
    Striped Bass
    White Sturgeon

    Small-sized open-top aquarium:
    Butterfly Splitfin
    Pupfish (unidentified species)
    Tequila Splitfin

    Medium wall terrarium:
    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    5 small-sized wall terrariums:
    California King Snake
    Emerald Tree Boa
    Tarantula (unidentified species)
    Poison Dart Frog (unidentified species)
    Bearded Dragon

    Medium-sized tall room with rocky walls and skylights, beach, and shallow medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Bonaparte's Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Willet

    UNDER THE SEA: (4 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set in a dark hallway with detailed simulated coral reef walls.

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Blackbar Soldierfish
    Caribbean Spiny Lobster

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Pipefish (unsigned unidentified species)
    Seahorse (unidentified species)

    Large-sized feature aquarium with at least 5 viewing areas and underwater tunnel viewing area:
    Bamboo Shark (unidentified species)
    Barred Flagtail
    Bluespotted Stingray
    Creolefish
    Crevalle Jack
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Giant Grouper (unidentified species)
    Graybar Grunt
    Green Moray Eel
    Horse-eye Jack
    Nurse Shark
    Passer Angel
    Red Drum
    Tarpon
    Yellowtail Snapper

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Popeye Catalufa
    Scythe Butterflyfish

    AT THE WHARF: (6 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are in a small area detailed with pier pilings and rustic seaside shack wood siding, and are open to the building's large bright entry hall.

    Rightside of visitor path:
    Small-sized pedestal aquarium:
    Lumpfish

    Medium-sized round aquarium with pop-up visitor bubble window:
    Cabezon
    Leopard Shark
    Rockfish
    Surfperch
    Swell Shark
    Wolf Eel

    Small-sized pedestal aquarium:
    California Sea Cucumber
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Sea Anemone (unidentified species)
    Sea Star (unidentified species)
    Sea Urchin (unidentified species)

    Leftside of visitor path:
    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Potbelly Seahorse

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Grunt Sculpin
    Silver-spot Sculpin
    Spot Prawn
    Striped Surfperch

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Decorated Warbonnet
    Green Urchin
    Painted Greenling
    Penpoint Gunnel

    THE RAINFOREST: (18 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set within a large glass atrium room with highly-detailed simulated rockwork and a mix of simulated and real tropical flora.

    Leftside of visitor path:
    2 medium-sized open-top aquariums:
    African Cichlids (unidentified species)
    Red Belly Piranha

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Arowana
    Freshwater Stingrays (unidentified species)
    Pacu
    Redtail Catfish

    Small aviary behind glass:
    Hawk-headed Parrot

    Medium-sized rocky yard with multiple levels, multiple viewing areas, and medium-sized open-top aquarium/swimming pond:
    Fish (unsigned unidentified species)
    Sumatran Tiger

    2 small-sized pedestal terrariums:
    Fire Belly Toad
    Horned Frog

    Small-sized round column aquarium:
    Clownfish (unidentified species)
    Sea Anemone (unidentified species)

    Rightside of visitor path:
    Medium-sized open-top aquarium with 2 viewing areas:
    Asian Arowana
    Barramundi
    Clown Knifefish
    Giant Gourami
    Tigerfish

    Medium-sized wall aquarium:
    Ghost Catfish
    Rainbowfish

    Medium-sized open-top aqaurium with rocky shelf:
    Asian Yellow Pond Turtle
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Malayan Box Turtle
    Painted Terrapin
    Spotted Pond Turtle

    Small-sized wire aviary:
    Blue and Gold Macaw

    2 tiny-sized wall aquariums:
    Upside-down Jelly
    Crown of Thorns Sea Star

    Small-sized open-top touchtank:
    Chocolate Chip Sea Star
    Crab (unidentified species)
    Snail (unidentified species)
    Urchin (unidentified species)

    2 tiny-sized wall aquariums:
    Brittle Star (unidentified species)
    Mantis Shrimp

    Medium-sized open-top aquarium:
    Archerfish
    Four-eyed Fish

    CORAL LAGOON: (2 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set in a dim round room painted with an island scene mural.

    Leftside of visitor path:
    Medium-sized shallow open-top aquarium:
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)

    Rightside of visitor path:
    Medium-sized shallow open-top aquarium:
    Blue Hamlet
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Rockmover Wrasse

    SUNKEN TEMPLE: (4 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are in a dark hallway with simulated stone masonry walls. Note that the first viewing area of the large feature exhibit in the next section, 'Shipwreck' is seen here but I will include it only in the next section.

    Small-sized shelf aquarium:
    Hawkfish
    Long-spined Black Sea Urchin
    Spider Crab

    Medium-sized wall aquarium:
    Coral Grouper
    Yellow Margin Moray

    Medium-sized wall aquarium:
    Coral (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)

    Medium-sized wall aquarium:
    Lionfish

    SHIPWRECK: (4 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set within a large dark room that simulates an old wooden shipwreck.

    Large-sized feature aquarium with at least 5 viewing areas and several round windows set in floor:
    Barracuda
    Brown Shark
    Circular Batfish
    East Pacific Green Sea Turtle
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Green Sawfish
    Sand Tiger Shark
    Zebra Shark

    3 small-sized wall aquariums:
    Brown Sea Nettle
    Moon Jellyfish
    Moon Jellyfish

    AT THE BEACH: (3 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set in a chaotic area of sloppy grass-shack tropical theming and a large lagoon wall mural, in a large room that is open to the building's large bright entry hall.

    Large-sized shallow open-top touchtank:
    Cownose Ray
    Southern Stingray

    Medium-sized pedestal aquarium:
    Giant Pacific Octopus

    Medium-sized pedestal aquarium:
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)
    Wolf Eel

    AQUARIUM RESTUARANT: (2 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are set within one simulated reef wall in a large 2-story modern dim space that is a table-service restaurant.

    Large-sized wall aquarium for small tropical fish with 2 viewing areas:
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)

    Large-sized wall aquarium for larger tropical fish with at least 4 viewing areas:
    Fish (multiple unsigned unidentified species)

    SUMMARY:

    By my count, the total number of exhibits currently at Downtown Aquarium Denver is: 62

    By my count, the total number of species in permanent exhibits with identification signs is: 123 (actual number is probably far greater, their website claims they have over 500 species)
    The number of species I counted can be broken down into the following categories:
    Mammals: 2
    Birds: 5
    Reptiles: 12
    Amphibians: 3
    Fish: 90 (this is the category that is probably far greater than signed)
    Invertebrates: 11 (this category is probably considerably greater than signed)