Related FAQs: Parrotfishes,
Coverage: Chlorurus, Scarus,
/The Conscientious Marine
the Genus Sparisoma
Sparisoma atomarium Juv.
Genus Sparisoma: Eight species.
|Sparisoma atomarium (Poey 1861), the
Greenblotch Parrotfish. To four inches in length. Tropical West
Atlantic. Initial phase individuals have deep red bodies and dorsal fins,
yellow anal and ventral fins; red and yellow eyes. Terminal phase with green
patch behind pectorals, bright red eyes, and a red tail.
Some initial phase pix taken in the seagrass beds in
about twenty feet of water off of Cozumel. Below, juvenile in
Jamaica, juvenile, initial and terminal phase individuals off St.
|Sparisoma aurofrenatum (Valenciennes 1840),
the Redband Parrotfish. Western Atlantic; Bermudas to Brazil. To
eleven inches in length. Juveniles with striped body, pale underside and
distinctive black spot behind the pectoral. Initial phase w/ metallic green
body, red unpaired fins. Terminal phase with red band below eye, black and
yellow spots at rear of gill cover. An occasional pet-fish import. Does as
well as any other Parrotfish... i.e. not well in captivity. Shown
below: 1st row: Juveniles in Jamaica second row: juvenile, Third
row: initial (and mottled one from Cozumel) from Cozumel and
Bonaire and a terminal phase individuals from the
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|Sparisoma chrysopterum Redtail Parrotfish. Tropical
W. Atlantic. Initial phase w/ mottled red and gray scales, tail yellowish.
Terminal phases with a blue patch behind pectoral fins, black spot at
pectoral axil, red crescent on tail. Below, an initial phase individual in Cozumel and a terminal
one in Curacao.
|Sparisoma radians (Valenciennes 1940), the
Bucktooth Parrotfish. Tropical West Atlantic. Turks and
|Sparisoma rubripinne Yellowtail Parrotfish. Tropical
W. Atlantic. Initial phase gray body, pinkish below, dark edges on large
scales, tail yellow. Terminal phase with consistent green body, black spot
at pectoral axil. Initial and terminal phases in Roatan 2019.
|Sparisoma viride (Bonnaterre 1798), the
Spotlight Parrotfish. Tropical West Atlantic; Florida to Brazil. To
twenty five inches maximum length. Pictured below, juvenile in
Bonaire, initial and terminal phase specimens in the