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Stoplight Parrotfish

Sparisoma viride

Description:

Photo take at -45 ft on a Caribbean reef. Grate Parrotfish wait his turn on top of a hard coral to get clean by cleaning goby´s. Colorful and abundant fish. Young adults and females with scales outlined in darker gray; often bright red below. Super males green, with bright yellow spot at upper edge of gill cover, yellow bar at base of tail, curved orange-yellow mark on caudal fin rays. Initial phase fish with a brown head, the scales of the upper two-thirds of the body with pale centers and dark brown edges, the lower third of body and fins bright red. Terminal phase males are green with three diagonal orange bands on upper half of head.

Habitat:

Found on coral reef from Florida, all the Caribbean sea to Brazil. It is normally found during the day between 15–80 ft.

Notes:

Parrotfish are responsible to produce around 60% of the sea sand around the world.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on May 26, 2012

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