Animal Update: Stoplight Parrotfish

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

Published November 25, 2016

Native to the Western Atlantic Ocean, stoplight parrotfish can be found in shallow waters and in reef environments. These fish are active during the day and sleep through the night in open spaces on reefs. This allows them to quickly escape from predators, if needed.

stoplight-parrotfish

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!

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates.

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Humpback whale Help Preserve the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act has supported work that has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it has protected. That work is now under threat.

Read the full story

Atlantic puffin chick born at the National Aquarium Meet Our Trio of Puffin Chicks!

We are excited to welcome three new Atlantic puffin chicks to our Sea Cliffs exhibit!

Read the full story

Related Stories

Meet Our Trio of Puffin Chicks!

Published August 09, 2018

Sawfish Need Love, Too!

Published August 03, 2018