Greenblotch Parrotfish (Juvenile) (Sparisoma atomarium)

Also known as Sammy Johnson


Also known as Sammy Johnson.

Found in harems, over seagrass beds, and walls, in deep waters, of coral and rocky reefs, rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 15-55m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

Parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male. They are not territorial, living and feeding in harmony with other species.
Their teeth are fused into powerful beaks which are used for grabbing filamentous algae from dead coral, often found feeding in a cloud of sediment.
At night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators.
These beautiful fish whose males usually outshine the females for colour also change dramatically from juvenile to adult. Ref:


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