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Sparisoma aurofrenatum

(Valenciennes, 1840)

Redband Parrotfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Throughout the Caribbean.

Size: 10 inches (25 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits coral reefs, with juveniles found in seagrass beds. Usually found at depths between 6 – 65 feet (2– 20 m) where it feeds mainly on algae, yet also sponges, crabs, brittle stars and sea urchins.

General Husbandry: Colors vary between sexes and its stage of growth (phase). Not normally collected for the trade.


    Order: Perciformes

    Suborder: Labroidei

    Family: Scaridae

    Subfamily: Sparisomatinae

    Genus: Sparisoma

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

Food fish in local areas.

 Sparisoma aurofrenatum (Redband Parrotfish)
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