Animal Update: Stoplight Parrotfish

A stoplight parrotfish has been added to our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

Published July 15, 2016

Found in the shallow waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, colorful stoplight parrotfish swim near reef environments. These fish are diurnal, meaning they’re active during the day. They spend the night sleeping on the reef in open spaces. This allows them to quickly escape from predators, if needed. 


Stoplight parrotfish have a unique role in reef ecosystems. They use their fused teeth to graze on corals and algae growing throughout their habitats. As these fish digest the coral, their waste byproduct is white coral sand. A single parrotfish can produce up to one ton of coral sand a year! 

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