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Moody Gardens Moody Gardens Species List (April 2022)

Discussion in 'United States' started by David Peden, 16 Sep 2022.

  1. David Peden

    David Peden Well-Known Member

    12 Dec 2021
    San Antonio, Texas
    Hey all, I have a backlog of species lists for zoos and aquariums in the Houston area from when I was there in late April of this year. They might be a bit out of date, but hopefully they should be pretty accurate still. This list is for Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX, and includes both the aquarium and rainforest pyramids. I tried to make the list as comprehensive as possible, but I had to leave out at least a few species of fish due to lack of signage. Other than that, it should be mostly complete. I was able to ID 102 species at the aquarium pyramid, and 94 species at the rainforest pyramid for a total of at least 196 species for both.


    Gulf of Mexico
    Atlantic sergeant-major
    Spotfin butterflyfish
    French angelfish
    Rock beauty
    Four eyed butterflyfish
    Cocoa damselfish

    North Pacific
    California sea lion
    Harbor seal
    Smoothhound shark
    Gopher rockfish
    Monkeyface prickleback
    Kelp surfperch
    Plumose anemone
    Giant green anemone
    Painted anemone
    Bat star
    Purple sea star
    Giant Pacific octopus
    Flag rockfish
    Black rockfish
    Copper rockfish

    South Pacific
    Yellow tang
    Orbiculate batfish
    Emperor angelfish
    Laced moray eel
    Spotted wobbegong
    Whitespotted bamboo shark
    Raccoon butterfyfish
    Powder blue tang
    Longnose rabbitfish
    Shortspine unicornfish
    Blacktip reef shark
    Convict tang
    Palette tang
    Sailfish tang
    Eye-stripe surgeon
    Halfmoon angelfish
    Copperband butterflyfish
    Bignose unicornfish
    Bluespine unicornfish
    Japan surgeonfish
    Magpie perch
    Blue-green chromis
    Ocellaris anemonefish
    Threeband anemonefish
    Plainhead filefish
    Blueside wrasse
    Red lionfish
    Leaf scorpionfish
    Pacific spotted scorpionfish
    Banana wrasse
    Flame angelfish
    Pajama cardinalfish
    Sunburst butterflyfish
    Threadfin butterflyfish
    Bird wrasse
    Sixline wrasse
    Reef triggerfish
    Lined seahorse
    Bay pipefish

    South Atlantic
    King penguin
    Gentoo penguin
    Chinstrap penguin
    Macaroni penguin
    Humboldt penguin
    Chain catshark
    Giant isopod

    Atlantic stingray
    Cownose ray
    French grunt
    Bluehead wrasse
    Clown wrasse
    Queen angelfish
    Yellow hooded wrasse
    Spanish hogfish
    Yellow headed jawfish
    Chocolate chip sea star
    Pencil urchin
    Cleaner wrasse
    Cleaner shrimp
    Slipper lobster
    Atlantic tarpon
    Crevalle jack
    Common snook
    Ocean surgeonfish
    Sandbar shark
    Atlantic spadefish
    Gray angelfish
    Atlantic sergeant major
    Nurse shark
    Roughtail stingray
    Green moray eel

    Moon jelly
    Pacific sea nettle
    Cannonball jelly
    Warty comb jelly


    Rainforest Symphony
    Giant river otter
    Humphead cichlid
    Bornean eared frog
    Skunk gecko
    Meller’s chameleon
    Tomato frog
    Amazon milky frog
    Solomon Islands skink
    Prevost’s squirrel

    Nightfall Gallery
    Blue poison frog
    Yellow striped poison frog
    Golden mantella
    Common basilisk
    Panamanian golden frog
    Mandarin rat snake
    Jackson’s chameleon
    Eyelash viper
    Brazilian porcupine
    Pygmy slow loris

    Main Pyramid exhibits and free flying birds
    Linneaus’ two toed sloth
    White faced saki
    Cotton top tamarin
    Scarlet ibis
    Great blue turaco
    Pied imperial pigeon
    Venezuelan troupial
    Hadada ibis
    Bali myna
    Bernier’s teal
    Blue gray tanager
    Guira cuckoo
    Montezuma oropendola
    Blue bellied roller
    Rodrigues fruit bat
    Chestnut breasted malkoha
    Henkel’s leaf tailed gecko
    Trinidad chevron tarantula
    Spotted scat
    Seven spot archerfish
    African mono
    Green naped pheasant pigeon
    Gray headed swamphen
    Mandarin duck
    Madagascar teal
    Komodo dragon
    Baikal teal
    Laysan teal
    Falcated duck
    Asian clown knifefish
    Asian arowana
    Giant gourami
    Fly River turtle
    Western crowned pigeon
    Bruce’s green pigeon
    Crested partridge
    Diamond dove
    Violet turaco
    Scarlet macaw
    Sulawesi ground dove
    Green imperial pigeon
    Nicobar pigeon
    Rose crowned fruit dove
    Freshwater prawn
    Red Devil cichlid
    Yellow rumped cacique
    Chestnut headed oropendola
    Bearded barbet
    Luzon bleeding heart
    Blue faced honeyeater
    Egyptian fruit bat
    Black pacu
    Ripsaw catfish
    Silver arowana
    Scarlet macaw
    Xingu River ray
    White faced Amazon turtle
    Black spot piranha
    Four eyed fish
    Green anaconda
    Banded leporinus
    Red bellied piranha
    Vampire bat
    Von der Decken’s hornbill
    Wrinkled hornbill
    Blue duiker
    Hissing cockroach
    Nile perch
    Marbled lungfish
    Rock kribensis
    Lake Victoria squeaker
    Obliquidens zebra
  2. TinoPup

    TinoPup Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    17 Jul 2016
    Thanks for sharing this! Do you feel the place is worth the high cost?
  3. David Peden

    David Peden Well-Known Member

    12 Dec 2021
    San Antonio, Texas
    I think the experience is worth it, especially if you haven’t been before. Their collection, while smaller than some, is still impressive in my eyes. I’m a huge sucker for birds, and I really like their free flight collection in the rainforest. I think they also just recently redid the rainforest pyramid after I went in April, so there are probably new species and exhibits that I haven’t seen. I’d compare it to the Dallas World Aquarium in some ways if that helps at all. I’ve been to Moody Gardens a few times and have enjoyed my visit everytime
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  4. Coelacanth18

    Coelacanth18 Well-Known Member Premium Member 5+ year member

    23 Feb 2015
    Thanks for the list @David Peden! A couple quick questions:

    Did you happen to note what exact species these were? Or if not, do you recall if the basilisk was bright green or brownish-green?
  5. David Peden

    David Peden Well-Known Member

    12 Dec 2021
    San Antonio, Texas
    The basilisk was Basiliscus basiliscus and the turtle was Podocnemis unifilis I believe. I just copied the common name directly from the sign
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