Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma viride)

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Stoplight Parrotfish


Sparisoma viride

568 Litres (150 US G.)

50.8-55.9cm (20-22 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

15-20 years



Additional names

Dark Green Parrotfish, Parrot Chub, Moontail, Red Belly, Redbelly

Additional scientific names

Scarus viridis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found throughout the Caribbean, from southern Florida to Bermuda, Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean Sea to Brazil.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Hermaphroditic; males change to females, and back to males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Peaceful, mixes well with tankmates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Eats algae off corals by scraping off coral with their strong, beak like mouths.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Reef tank, with coral structures to encourage grazing

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Fairly Peaceful; will stand its ground against aggressive species.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Juveniles are reddish-brown all over; when the fish are in initial phase, they are grey, and black with a red belly. When the fish are in terminal phase, they are blue-green, with a yellow bar on the tail's middle, with another one on the edge.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Specimen at the New England Aquarium:

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