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