Sparisoma frondosum (Agassiz, 1831)
Sparisoma frondosum
photo by Luiz, Jr., O.

Family:  Scaridae (Parrotfishes), subfamily: Sparisomatinae
Max. size:  34.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 5 - 45 m
Distribution:  Southwestern Atlantic: Brazil and its oceanic islands, St. Paul's Rocks and at the oceanic islands of Fernando de Noronha, Atol das Rocas and Trindade. Eastern Central Atlantic: Cape Verde (Ref. 94559).
Diagnosis:  Terminal phase individuals lack the crescent marking on the caudal fin margin and the turquoise area adjacent to the pectoral fin, as well as the pale-yellow area on the pectoral-fin axil. A pale spot on the upper part of the caudal peduncle, both IP and TP live individuals. Reddish dorsal, caudal, anal and pelvic fins in IP (Ref. 40827).
Biology:  Inhabits coral, algal and rocky reefs and seagrass beds (Ref. 40827).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 15 September 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.09.03

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