Catalog Number: USNM 223879
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): J. Randall
Year Collected: 1975
Locality: Red Sea; Gulf of Aqaba, Eilat, Off Desalination Plant, Israel, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 15 to 15
- Paratype: Randall, J. E. & Bruce, R. W. 1983. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J. L. B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. No. 47: 19.
Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2010Least Concern (LC)
Parrotfishes show varying degrees of habitat preference and utilization of coral reef habitats, with some species spending the majority of their life stages on coral reefs, while others primarily utilize seagrass beds, mangroves, algal beds, and /or rocky reefs. Although the majority of the parrotfishes occur in mixed habitat (primarily inhabiting seagrass beds, mangroves, and rocky reefs) approximately 78% of these mixed habitat species are experiencing greater than 30% loss of coral reef area and habitat quality across their distributions. Of those species that occur exclusively in coral reef habitat, more than 80% are experiencing a greater than 30% of coral reef loss and degradation across their distributions. However, more research is needed to understand the long-term effects of habitat loss and degradation on these species populations. Widespread coral reef loss and declining habitat conditions are particularly worrying for species that depend on live coral reefs for food and shelter especially as studies have shown that protection of pristine habitats facilitate the persistence of adult populations in species that have spatially separated adult and juvenile habitats. Furthermore, coral reef loss and declining habitat conditions are particularly worrying for some corallivorous excavating parrotfishes that play major roles in reef dynamics and sedimentation (Comeros-Raynal et al. 2012).
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems