New species

The Bluespotted stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)
At the exhibition since May 2015

This species comes from Indo-Pacific. Often found at sandy and muddy bottom, where it buries. It occurs nearby coral and stone reefs at a depth of 0-90m. It feeds on fish and shrimp.

The Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)
At the exhibition since May 2015

This species of horned shark mainly feeds on invertebrates, especially sea urchins, sea, and starfish, polychaetes, snails, shrimps, crabs and small fish. It is oviparous, the female lays 10-16 eggs per year. Males grows up to a maximum length of 105 cm and females at least 123 cm.

ang. The Smooth hound (Triakis scyllium)
At the exhibition since May 2015

Viviparous sharks of Carcharhiniformes order. The juveniles develop in the mother's body, feeding on yolk. This species occurs in the north-west Pacific (off the coast of North and South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China). It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and benthic invertebrates.

ang. Triggerfish (Balistidae)
At the exhibition since November 2014

Representatives of the triggerfish family are usually territorial and very aggressive toward intruders. They can also bite careless guardian. They inhabit the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific. They can make grunting noises. Often hide in the nooks of coral reefs. Most often they feed on invertebrates and demersal algae. The new specimens in the Gdynia Aquarium include species like Melichthys vidua or Balistapus undulatus .

ang. Round stingray (Urobatis halleri)
At the exhibition since November 2014

It is a stingray known from coastal waters of the eastern Pacific, where it occurs commonly. It grows up to max. 30 cm. It feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates. It is found in the sea grass meadows. It is not fished commercially due to the small diameter of the body and a big spike on the tail.

Common shovelnose ray (Glaucostegos typus)
At the exhibition since November 2014

Stingray that belongs to the family of Rhinobatidae. The name 'guitarfish' is related to the shape of the body. It is fished commercially for meat in Asia and as by-catch. It feeds mainly on large crabs and shrimps. It grows to about 270 cm in length. It is believed that it has the most valuable fins of all elasmobranch. This species is capable of living and breeding in fresh water.

The Chinese trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)
At the exhibition since October 2014

The Chinese trumpetfish comes from the same order as the seahorses and pipefish - Sygnathiformes. Typically, it can be found in and nearby coral reefs, where it is observed to swim head pointing down between corals. It hunts for small fish and shellfish.

The Halmahera epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera)
At the exhibition since September 2014

Hemiscylium halmahera is a species discovered in 2013 near the coast of Indonesia. For a shark, it has a unique way of movement, using the thoracic and abdominal fins. It is harmless to humans.

The Blueline TriggerfishPseudobalistes fuscus
At the exhibition since September 2014

Young specimens of this species are social, but with age become temperamental. Adults can be very aggressive and defend itself effectively. Vivid yellow lines disappear with age and an adults' body is completely blue.

The birth of rays

At the exhibition during Shark Week (20-28.09.2014)

This summer in Gdynia Aquarium small river stingrays where born. The video documentation of this extraordinary event can be watched below.

The Hornshark (Heterodontus francisci)
At the exhibition since July 2014

The Horn shark is a native and endemic shark to the Gulf of California. The two dorsal fins are decorated with spikes, which is used for making jewelry. It is not fished economically, but often fished as by-catch, as well as for sport.

The Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus)
At the exhibition since June 2014

The Brown basilisk comes from the Latin America. Adult males have a large crest on head, females have a 'hood' on the back of head. This species is able to jump and run, even at the surface of the water, hence the basilisk is sometimes called "Jesus Lizard".

The Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus)
At the exhibition since June 2014

The Chinese water dragon has a diverse diet of plants, rodents, birds, eggs, fish, insects or other invertebrates. Often, it spends time relaxing on the branches over the water, where it can remain for a long period of time.

The Reef under the magnifing glass

At the exhibition since May 2014

The Gdynia Aquarium team develops new, interesting exhibitions for guests. Since the beginning of May, new exhibition can be admired that includes specific animals from coral reefs, unusual in terms of appearance.
The tanks act as magnifying glasses, where one can take a close look at species like venomuos scorpionfish, such as Taenianotus triacanthus or Ablabys taenianotus , which resemble the leaves, Scorpaenopsis diabolus with the truly diabolic appearance and Rhinopias eschmeyeri , which is recognized as one of the strangest fish of coral reefs. The ribbon eel Rhinomuraena quaesita, which resembles a carnival ribbon and fish from the family Pegasidae that remind small winged horses.


Gilded triggerfish (Xanthichthys auromarginatus)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This triggerfish comes from the Indo-Pacific. Males can be identified by a blue chin and edges of the fins decorated with a yellow line. These fish are found in small groups; they occur near the water surface where they feed on zooplankton.

Haller's round ray (Urolophus halleri)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This small stingray comes from the eastern Pacific. The largest measured specimen reached a size of 58 cm. It often buries in the sand or muddy bottom. It feeds on small invertebrates. It's the first marine stingray in the Gdynia Aquarium.

Ghost eel, White ribbon eel (Pseudechidna brummeri)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This colourless moray eel comes from the Indo-Pacific. It usually lies buried in the sand. Like other moray eels it doesn't have any scales, although it produces large amounts of mucus to protect the surface of the body against parasites and injuries.

Redtail filefish (Pervagor melanocephalus)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This filefish has a distinctively coloured head, darker than the rest of the body. It occurs in the Indo-Pacific. The adult individuals usually form pairs.

Blue angelfish (Holacanthus isabelita)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This representative of the Pomacanthidae family feeds mainly on sponges. It inhabits coral reefs of the western Atlantic.

Blue spotted puffer (Canthigaster solandri)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

This beautifully coloured representative of the pufferfish inhabits Indo-Pacific coral reefs. It feeds on algae, corals, molluscs, echinoderms, polychaetes, crustaceans and bryozoans. Quite common species.

Map puffer (Arothron mappa)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

These fish inhabit the Indo-Pacific coral reefs. They live at depths of 4-30 m . Occur singly. Their strong teeth are fused to form the beak. The skin is not covered with scales, is highly poisonous mucus containing tetrodotoxin. The poison is also accumulated in the liver and gonads. Like all puffer, map puffer concerned inflate, being nearly spherical shape..

Valentinni's sharpnose puffer (Canthigaster valentini)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

Valentinni's sharpnose puffer is a small puffer fish of a calm temperament. It can be found on the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Its teeth are fused beak-like structure.

Longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta)
At the exhibition since Jan 2014

Longhorn cowfish has an extremely funny appearance; there are two appendages resembling horns on its head. It is believed that appendages appeared in this species to hinder the absorption of the fish by its predators. Its body is covered with bony scales that form a shape of a box.

New house for the seahorses
At the exhibition since Dec 2013

In a freshly prepared tank there is a place for representatives of Syngnathiformes such as a pipefish Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus, seahorses Hippocampus reidi or razorfish Aeoliscus strigatus and echinoderms: Diadema setosum and sea cucumbers Pseudocolochirus violaceus. Fabulous colors in the new house are added by the Copperband butterflyfish Chelmon rostratus.

Cold Pacific
At the exhibition since Dec 2013

The new tank, located next to the Giant Pacific octopus presents the inhabitants of the waters of the North Pacific. This part of the ocean, although seemingly cold and unfriendly, is abundant in many species of animals, such as chitons, seawolves, gobies or corals, which can be admired at the exhibition in the Room of Aquatic Animals of the World.

Tiger cowrie Cypraea tigris
At the exhibition since Dec 2013

It is the most well-known and widely distributed species of cowrie in the Pacific. Due to its large quantity, the snail is fished for commercial purposes and the shells of this species are often purchased the tourists as a souvenir of the holiday.

Splendid Garden Eel (Gorgasia preclara)
At the exhibition since Dec 2013

This species lives in colonies of several hundred individuals. These are fish that spend their entire life in tubular structures built of sand. Over two thirds of the animal's body projects from the hole in the sea bottom. Colonies of those small eels resemble underwater gardens.

Purple sand tilefish (Hoplolatilus purpureus)
At the exhibition since Dec 2013

Beautiful fish in lilac color. Very skittish, quick and agile. Once it feels threatened, it immediately makes its way to the hiding place. This species occurs in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

Bluestripe snapper (Lutjanus kasmira)

At the exhibition since Nov 2013

These fish inhabit the coral reefs of Indo-Pacific and Atlantic. Larger herds of snappers can be found near wrecks and underwater caves. They feed on smaller fish, shrimp, crabs, small cephalopods, sometimes algae. Fish snappers are very tasty meat - are often so caught.

Emperor red snapper (Lutjanus sebae)
At the exhibition since Nov 2013

Characteristically embellished, reaching about 60 cm long fish. It inhabits the waters of western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, also frequently seen on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ribbon eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita)
At the exhibition since Nov 2013

It is a moray that resembles a ribbon in appearance. It lives in coral reefs, where it hides in the shadows or burries in the sand. Adult males have the ability to change sex. The young are colored in black, females change color to yellow with a blue tint in the front part of the body.

Blackfin dartfish (Ptereleotris evides)

At the exhibition since Nov 2013

Beautifully blue-colored dartfish inhabit coral reefs. They feed on small zooplankton. They have a characteristically enlarged dorsal and anal fin. These fish usually occurrs in pairs.

Orange-spotted spinefoot (Siganus guttatus)
At the exhibition since Jun 2013

Fish that prefer less saline water, common among coastal coral reefs and mangroves. They grow to about 40 cm. Beautiful colors of the body and sympathetic appearance do not indicate vulnerability. Fins are provided with spikes with venom.

Fire eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)

At the exhibition since Jun 2013

The fish comes from Asia and is regarded as a food-fish, but is more and more rare. Active mainly at night, spends the day hidden. It grows up to 100 cm in length. It feeds on insect larvae, invertebrates and small fish.

Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus)
At the exhibition since Apr 2013

A living example of how the animals looked like 350 million years ago is Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). Very similar animals where found in the sediments from the Silurian period. Because the blood is supplied with hemocyjanin instead of hemoglobin, its blood is blue. In addition to the color, the blood has unusual bactericidal properties. It is used in tests, for example, to verify space probes sterility. It is said that the name of an animal: 'the Atlantic horseshoe crab' refers to the shape of the body.

Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus)
At the exhibition since Apr 2013

Living in the waters of the coral reefs, razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) owe their name to the bony scales laid out along the dorsal line. They swim vertically, head down. When they sense a threat, they expose a sharp edge towards the attacker.

Spider crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis)
At the exhibition since Apr 2013

Spider crabs (Stenorhynchus seticornis) have five pairs of legs (not 6 like spiders), but their appearance immediately brings to mind the terrestrial arthropods. In the season of migration they can move over 150 km strolling along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.