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Sparisoma viride - Stoplight parrotfish

Sparisoma viride - Stoplight parrotfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The stoplight parrotfish has a brownish body with 3 rows of white dots and a white bar at the base of its tail fin when it is a juvenile. As it grows into its initial phase, its brown body has intermixed white scales and a reddish belly and tail fin. The terminal phase male is brilliant green with pinkish-orange markings on its head and fins. Stoplight parrotfish males can grow to 2 feet in length and have distinctive crescent shaped tail fins. They are found on coral reefs in depths of 15 to 80 feet.

Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: southern Florida (USA), Bermuda, Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean Sea to Brazil.

Inhabits coral reefs with clear water. Young may be found in seagrass beds and other heavily vegetated bottoms.

Feeds mainly on soft algae, but has been observed to graze on live corals like, Montastraea annularis.

Quick Fact
Juvenile and initial phase Stoplight parrotfish can rapidly change their color and markings.

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