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Description: This type shares the characteristic markings of larval and transitional Sparisoma. Recruits become distinct from S. radians and S. viride as melanophores extend onto the base of the caudal fin and divide the light bar on the tail. The tail melanophores extending into the caudal bar are roughly equal both above and below the midline and the bar is still clearly white. Juveniles are variably marked, but typically develop an alternating pattern of white and dark bars.