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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.

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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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