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Parrotfish: The fish that can save coral reefs. x. The flamboyant, algae-eating, sand-pooping, Parrotfish is the most important fish on Caribbean coral reefs. This World Fisheries Day, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is giving them a big shout-out, and sharing all the wonderful ways they make coral reefs ...

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A parrotfish in a gill net above a decimated, algal-dominated reef. (Photo: Ayana) However, parrotfish have been overfished and Caribbean reefs have gotten increasingly furry with algae over the past for decade, resulting in a far less pretty picture, and a far less productive and resilient ecosystem.

www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/fishes/parrotfish

Individual species of parrotfish are difficult to identify, since they show different color patterns according to their age and sex. Early scientists named more than 300 species based on the many color forms—now the number of species has been narrowed to about 60. Parrotfishes are daytime creatures.

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123094552.htm

Parrotfish are critical to coral reef health, study finds: Analysis reveals pivotal role of algae-eating fish in coral growth. ScienceDaily . Retrieved April 19, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com ...

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While feeding, parrotfish must be cognizant of predation by one of their main predators, the lemon shark. On Caribbean coral reefs, parrotfish are important consumers of sponges. An indirect effect of parrotfish grazing on sponges is the protection of reef-building corals that would otherwise be overgrown by fast-growing sponge species.

www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/group/parrotfish

Meet the incredible parrotfish, whose coral-crunching bite can be heard on tropical reefs worldwide. Find out how they change genders to promote a harem lifestyle.

scubadiverlife.com/the-remarkable-parrotfish

Parrotfish are a keystone species, whose removal from the food chain would have far reaching consequences. Parrotfish keep algae growth in check, which can suffocate coral and reduce the coral’s ability to provide essential habitat to many marine species.

www.thedodo.com/why-endangered-bumphead-parrot-650389233.html

Why Endangered Bumphead Parrotfish Are The “Elephants Of The Coral Reefs” ... Parrotfish also crunch down on the coral itself, however. That endangered species can be both an ecological boon and bane is an often-overlooked fact -- but it's a fact that's important to understand, researchers say, to better conserve rare animals like ...

www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2014/09/single...

Keystone species prop up reef ecosystems. ... The parrotfish on the Great Barrier Reef, for example, is the only one of thousands of reef fish specie that regularly performs the task of scraping and cleaning inshore coral reefs. “This parrotfish is a particularly valuable species,” David says.

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12 important examples of keystone species. Keystone species often dominate the attention of ecologists and policy-makers, who develop specific strategies for their protection, while media repeatedly report on their conservation status. Many of you have probably heard of them and perhaps wondered why these species get more attention compared to ...