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Living Planet Aquarium List of Species on Exhibit 9-16-15

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  1. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA
    This is an attempt to list every species on exhibit at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium during my visit on 9-16-15. I am arranging the list by the current visitor map by the named zones. 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 some 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. Many of the exhibits have species identification signs in the form of screens that scroll through the species, sometimes serving multiple exhibits on each side, and that several of the screens were off or not working during my visit. All exhibits are indoors, except for the small outdoor portion of the North American River Otter Exhibit in the Discover Utah zone. Please note that this list is incomplete for 2 reasons: I failed to note all the species in the largest exhibit (Sharks exhibit in the Ocean Explorer zone) and since my visit a new zone has opened called Expedition Asia which is not included in this list. I will list each zone in a separate entry in the thread for clarity.

    These exhibits are set in a large two-story room lit from a massive undulating wall of glass on two sides. The room is mostly well-detailed with tropical rainforest theming. The visitor path weaves around the first floor, and this tour will generally go clockwise around the room before following the long ascending path of ramps to the second floor and its balconies overlooking the large space.

    First floor:
    Medium-sized wall aquarium and terrarium:
    Black Ghost
    Bumblebee Catfish
    Caiman Lizard
    Marbled Headstander
    Pictus Catfish
    Striped Headstander
    Southern Striped Rapheal
    Whitebarred Catfish

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Electric Eel

    Largish-sized wall aquarium and terrarium:
    Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman
    Giant River Turtle
    Hilaire's Side-neck Turtle
    Yellow Spotted River Turtle

    Medium-sized wall aquarium and terrarium:
    Green Anaconda
    Red Bellied Piranha

    Small-sized shallow open-top aquarium at base of simulated tree trunk:
    Fish (multiple unsigned and unidentified)
    Mata Mata

    Long-sized shallow and narrow open-top aquarium in simulated rock stream:
    Cardinal Tetra
    Columbian Tetra
    Gold Dust Molly
    Jewel Tetra
    Sailfin Molly
    Southern Platy

    Largish-sized shallow open-top aquarium with waterfall cascading into it:
    Fish (unsigned and unidentified)
    White-faced Whistling Duck (unsigned)

    Medium-sized corner aquarium and terrarium in temple wall:
    Plumed Basilisk

    Largish-sized shallow open-top aquarium with serpent-like simulated stone front ledge: (was divided into two areas by gate but I will count as 1 exhibit)
    Chocolate Cichlid
    Fish (unsigned and unidentified)
    Ripsaw Catfish
    River Stingray

    Small-sized wall aquarium in temple wall:
    Bristlenose Plecostomus
    Corydoras Catfish
    Freshwater Angelfish
    Silver Hatchetfish

    3 small-sized wall terrariums in temple wall, containing 1 species in each:
    Goliath Birdeater
    Amazon Pinktoe
    Giant Cave Cockroach

    Largish-sized wall aquaium called 'River Giants', also viewed from above water surface later:
    Barred Sorubim
    Black Pacu
    Peacock Bass
    Red Belly Pacu
    Redtail Catfish

    Second floor:
    2 small-sized open-air perches, containing 1 species on each:
    Blue & Gold Macaw
    Scarlet Macaw

    Medium-sized netted aviary:
    Swainson's Toucan
    Tortoise (unsigned and unidentified)

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Amazon Milk Frog
    Amazon Tree Boa
    Cane Toad
    Smokey Jungle Frog
    Twist-neck Turtle

    Tiny-sized wall terrarium:
    Greenbottle Blue Tarantula OR Pinktoe Tarantula (conflicting signs)

    Small-sized wall terrarium near rope bridge:
    Amazon Milk Frog

    Small-sized wall terrarium near rope bridge:
    Green and Black Dart Frog
    Lemur Frog

    Medium-sized wall terrarium near rope bridge:
    Dyeing Dart Frog Azureus
    Dyeing Dart Frog Cobalt
    Dyeing Dart Frog Giant Orange
    Golden Poison Arrow Frog - Mint
    Golden Poison Arrow Frog - Yellow
    Hourglass Treefrog
    Mimic Poison Frog
    Ranatomeya vanzolinii
    Red-eyed Tree Frog
    Yellow Banded Dart Frog
  2. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA
    DISCOVER UTAH: (20 Exhibits)
    These native exhibits are set along a mostly one-way route with various detailed theming from around the state.

    Tiny-sized wall terrarium in simulated slot canyon:

    Tiny-sized wall terrarium in simulated slot canyon:
    Darkling Beetle
    Death Feigning Beetles

    Small-sized wall terrarium in simulated slot canyon:
    Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

    Small-sized wall terrarium in simulated slot canyon:
    Canyon Treefrog
    Red-spotted Toad

    Smallish-sized open-top yard sheltered by simulated cave overhang:
    Desert Tortoise

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Desert Sucker
    Speckled Dace
    Virgin Spinedace
    Virgin River Chub

    Medium-sized wall aquarium, called 'Utah Game Fish':
    Bluegill Sunfish
    Large Mouth Bass
    Northern Pike
    Redear Sunfish
    White Bass
    White Sturgeon

    Medium-sized wall aquarium, called 'Utah Native Fish':
    Colorado Pikeminnow
    Humpback Chub
    Razorback Sucker

    Smallish-sized open-top aquarium with waterfall, called 'Flaming Gorge Reservoir':
    Brook Trout
    Brown Trout
    Lake Trout
    Tiger Trout

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Arctic Grayling
    Cutthroat Trout
    Mountain Whitefish

    2 small-sized wall terrariums, containing 1 species in each:
    Western Banded Gecko
    Gopher Snake

    Large-sized room exhibit behind glass with underwater viewing of pond and adjoining small-sized outdoor walled yard with second pond:
    North American River Otter

    Medium-sized wall aquarium? across from otters, boarded up:

    Small-sized wall aquarium adjacent to otter exhibit:
    Bear Lake Sculpin
    Bonneville Cisco
    Bonneville Whitefish
    Utah Sucker

    Small-sized wall aquarium and terrarium:
    Columbia Spotted Frog

    Medium-sized shallow open-top pond:
    Fish? (did not see a sign or notice any inhabitants)

    Medium-sized shallow open-top pond with narrow back ledge and log perches:
    Bluegill Sunfish
    Green Sunfish
    Pumkinseed Sunfish
    Wood Duck

    Tiny-sized half-column aquarium:
    Brine Shrimp

    Small-sized wall terrarium:
    Tiger Salamander
  3. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA
    These exhibits are entered on the first floor through a doorway in the bow of a simulated ship, modeled after the aquarium research vessel called 'Endurance'. A dark room with education exhibits leads to an underwater viewing window for the Gentoo Penguin Exhibit, before the visitor path ascends several ramps in a mural-filled hallway to the second floor's simulated research station for the above-water views of the penguins.

    Closed-off small room in lower bow of simulated ship during my visit, with unknown number of jellies exhibits; their website lists their collection as having at least:
    Pacific Sea Nettle Jellyfish

    Largish-sized room behind glass with narrow rocky ledges and walls, deep pool, and underwater viewing from two levels:
    Gentoo Penguin
  4. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA
    OCEAN EXPLORER: (24 Exhibits)
    These exhibits are mostly set in two adjoining large halls with spare theming outside of the exhibits; then a plain narrow hall with shark graphics leads to the final and largest exhibit.

    Left side of first hall:
    Medium-sized shallow open-top aquarium, tidepool theme: (screen sign was off)
    Ray (unsigned and unidentified)
    Sea Star (unsigned and unidentified)

    Medium-sized wall aquarium set in simulated tidepool rockwork, called 'Kelp Forest': (partial list from backlit sign, screen sign was off)
    Bat Ray
    Buffalo Sculpin
    Fish (multiple unsigned and unidentified species)
    Horn Shark
    Wolf Eel

    Small-sized wall aquarium in dark cave passage:
    Dwarf Cuttlefish

    Medium-sized tall wall aquarium in dark cave passage:
    Chambered Nautilus

    Medium-sized wall aquarium in dark cave passage:
    Aggregating Anemone
    Giant Pacific Octopus
    Plumed Anemone

    Medium-sized wall aquarium across from Touchpool described later:
    Blackspotted Puffer
    Fimbriated Moray
    Ornate Wobbegong
    Red Lionfish
    Silverspot Squirrel Fish
    Tete Sea Catfish
    Whitespotted Bamboo Shark
    Zebra Moray

    Right side of first hall:
    Small-sized wall aquarium set in rocky outcrop on left:
    Bat Star
    Crescent Gunnel
    Grunt Sculpin
    Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker
    Penpoint Gunnel
    Purple Urchin
    Saddleback Gunnel
    Sailfin Sculpin

    Small-sized wall aquarium set in rocky outcrop on right:
    Bat Star
    Graceful Rock Crab
    Kellets Whelk
    Long Armed Sea Star
    Northern Kelp Crab
    Ochre Sea Star

    Medium-sized aquarium and terrarium with simulated mangrove roots:
    Atlantic Mudskipper
    Spotted Scat

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Blood Shrimp
    Blue Tuxedo Urchin
    Chocolate Sea Star (unsigned)
    Emerald Crab
    Lined Seahorse
    Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp
    Tigertail Seahorse

    Tiny-sized wall aquarium:
    Caribbean Pipefish
    Dwarf Seahorse

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Potbelly Seahorse

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Picasso Triggerfish
    Raccoon Butterfly
    Saddle Wrasse
    Two-lined Monocle Bream
    Valentin's Sharpnose Puffer
    Yellowback Butterfly

    Small-sized wall aquarium: (screen sign was off)
    Fish (multiple unsigned and unidentified species)

    Medium-sized wall aquarium:
    Giant Clam

    Touchpool hall:
    Largish-sized shallow open-top touchpool with visitor access on 3 sides:
    Fish (multiple unsigned and unidentified species)
    Ray (unsigned and unidentified species)
    Sea Star (unsigned and unidentified species)

    Small-sized wall aquarium at far right, called 'Lionfish Invasion':
    Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish
    Long-spined Sea Urchin
    Sailfin Snapper
    Snowflake Moray

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Blue Tuxedo Urchin
    Bubbletip Anemone
    Carpet Green Anemone
    Clown Anemonefish
    Hairy Mushroom Coral
    Pink Anemonefish
    Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp
    Sebae Anemone
    Yellow Clownfish
    Yellowtail Anemone (fish)

    Small-sized wall aquarium, called 'Invertebrates':
    Banded Serpent Star
    Banggai Cardinalfish
    Black Longspine Urchin
    Bumblebee Snail
    Collector Urchin
    Emerald Crab
    Green Brittle Star
    Murex Snail
    Pincushion Urchin

    Small-sized wall aquarium:
    Garden Eel

    Small-sized wall aquarium: (screen sign was off)
    Chocalate Sea Star (unsigned)

    Small-sized wall aquarium: (screen sign was off)
    American Lobster (unsigned)

    Small-sized wall aquarium on far left:
    Slate Pencil Urchin
    Zebra Mantis Shrimp

    Large-sized wall aquarium with underwater viewing tunnel, stepped seating area with 2 large windows, and large window from private function room, called 'Sharks': (I made a major blunder by only photographing the home page of the touchscreen for species identification, which lists four categories: Sharks, Turtles, Fish, and Stingray)
    Blacktip Reef Shark
    Fish (multiple unidentified species by me)
    Shark (several unidentified species by me)
    Stingray (unidentified species by me)
    Turtle (unidentified species by me)
    Unicorn Tang
    Whitetip Reef Shark
    Zebra Shark
  5. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA

    By my count, the total number of exhibits currently at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is: 68

    By my count, the total number of species in permanent exhibits is: 205 (their website's history page says they have 450 species of animals in total)
    The number of species I counted can be broken down into the following categories:
    Mammals: 1
    Birds: 6
    Reptiles: 16
    Amphibians: 21
    Fish: 116 (actual number is probably triple this)
    Invertebrates: 45 (actual number is probably higher)
  6. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

    1 Dec 2007
    Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
    Another impressive thread! You know what I'm going to ask...what was your overall impression of the aquarium? Where would you rank it on your all-time list?
  7. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

    28 May 2009
    Newport Beach, CA, USA
    snowleopard, I enjoyed the aquarium more than I thought I would, I had the impression going in that it would be a slightly amateur-ish presentation and collection, wrapped in a fancy eye-catching freeway-friendly architectural package. Although I found the lobby to be rather clumsy, each of the exhibit zones were mostly entertaining and informative and well-detailed. The collection was also better than expected, with Ocean Explorer having a greater focus on invertebrates than many standard collections I have seen.

    I rank it at #22 of the 50 aquarium facilities I have seen (remember that I include the aquarium part of zoos when they have a significant one, and those are often further down the list due to their smaller size: a good example would be those at Houston Zoo or San Antonio Zoo). I liked it slightly less than Shark Reef in Las Vegas, NV which is smaller and less comprehensive but has impressive theming. I liked it slightly better than Albuquerque Aquarium in Albuquerque, NM which for me is starting to become a distant memory of its merits.

    I suspect that if I had seen the new Expedition Asia addition, my ranking might change to a slightly higher position.