The Stoplight Parrotfish is one of eleven in the Sparisoma family. It uses its strong beak-like jaws to graze for algea on corals and constantly re-grows its teeth. Populations have been falling from overfishing and other human activities, putting the coral reefs at risk since algae is deleterious to coral.
Added to Scubadorable
Dec 22, 2006
Also known as
Dark Green Parrotfish, Moontail, Parrot Chub, Redbelly
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic, West Atlantic
Cotorra / Loro brilloso / Loro colorado