Rainbow Parrotfish

~Animal of the Arctic~

Description

  • Orange fins with streaks of green (ARK)
  • Deep green bodies (ARK)
  • Unusual mouth parts (ARK)
  • Length of growth is 1.2 meters max for males (ARK)

Photo: Unknown

Habitat

  • Their habitat has to do with 3 to 25 meters at the depths of coral reefs. It has important nursery areas, is predator safe, and provides food rich area are the mangroves. (ARK)
  • Western Atlantic, from Florida, Bermuda, and Bahamas to Argentina are its range occurrences. (ARK)
  • Shallow waters, sheltered reefs, and mangrove sites are usually where they are associated with. (Redlist)
  • Their habitats are usually small oceanic ones and they have been found on rocks in Bermuda, also rocky islands that are isolated, too. (Redlist)

Photo: Jerry Reid

Food Chains

  • This animal is a herbivore, which means its diet comprises only vegetable matter. (ARK)
  • Feeds on detritus/bacterial complexes and meiofauna sponges. (ARK)

Photo: Hoskovec M.

Rainbow Parrotfish Video

Rainbow Parrot fish, Roatan Honduras.

Adaptions

  • They have unusual mouth parts. In order to scrap algae and other organic matter from the covering of the coral, the teeth are fused to form a tough parrot like beak. (ARK)
  • The one who defends a territory is a terminal phase male. The most dominate female will take over if the male dies. (ARK)

Photo: Roban Kramer

Endangerment and Critical Information

  • Pollution, global warming, over-fishing and costal development are some of the threats. (ARK)
  • The destruction of mangroves and poisoning are also causing them to die. (ARK)
  • They can slowly try to limit their destruction to the mangroves because of its importance. (ARK)
  • There are also reservations of reefs to prevent fishing and other pressures. (ARK)

Photo: Two Wings