Striped Parrotfish

(Scarus iseri)

The Striped Parrotfish is primarily an algae eater.
Striped parrotfish does not get very large only around 30 cm in length. 

Juvenile

Initial Phase​

Terminal Phase

Habitat and Distribution

 The striped parrotfish is found in tropical waters of the western Atlantic, from Bermuda and Florida to Venezuela, and is the most common parrotfish in the Caribbean Sea

Diet and Behavior

The striped parrotfish with their hard beak-like jaws allow them to graze on the algae on rocks and dead corals.
These fish use their pharyngeal apparatus located in the oesophagus to grind and digest plant, detritus and calcareous material broken off by the primary jaws.
Their feeding on the algae that populate reefs prevents overgrowth of the live orals.

Reproduction

Fertilization occurs externally as the eggs are released into the open water, to be fertilized by the sperm.
Eggs hatch within about 25 hours of fertilization.

Conservation Status

Currently listed by the IUCN as of least concerned due to large numbers commonly found in their native geographic range.