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Comprehensive Description

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    Inhabits seagrass beds and open bottom, mostly in shallow water. Larger adults live in deeper water. Not commonly marketed for food (Ref. 52834).
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    Susan M. Luna
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    FB-GeneralDescr-1151

Morphology

    Morphology
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    Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 9
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    Cristina V. Garilao
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Diagnostic Description

    Diagnostic Description
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    Diagnosis: Fin-ray counts of D-IX,10 A-III,9 are shared by all Caribbean parrotfishes, however pectoral-fin ray counts divide parrotfishes into two groups: Sparisoma, Cryptotomus roseus, and Nicholsina usta all have 13 pectoral-fin rays, while Scarus have a mode of 14-16 pectoral-fin rays (the wrasse Doratonotus megalepis also shares the median fin-ray count but has 11-12 pectoral-fin rays). Larval and transitional markings are unknown, but based on the appearance of the eastern Pacific sibling species, Nicholsina denticulata, recruits have a distinct uniformly dark pattern distinct from C. roseus and Sparisoma

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    Diagnostic Description
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    Body somewhat elongate, the depth contained 3 to 3.2 times in SL. Snout somewhat pointed; a small dermal cirrus at edge of anterior nostril; teeth fused only basally, thus not fully coalesced to form dental plates. Gill rakers 12 or 13. Caudal fin slightly rounded; pectoral fin-rays 13. Median predorsal scales 4 or 5; 1 row of scales on cheek. Colour: mottled olive green on back, the scales of sides with bluish white centres and reddish edges; head below level of mouth yellow; 2 diagonal narrow red-orange bands on cheek; median fins reddish, dorsal fin with a black blotch at front.
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    Cristina V. Garilao
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    FB-DiagnosticDescr-1151

Life Cycle

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    Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
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    Susan M. Luna
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    FB-LifeCycle-1151

Threats

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    Least Concern (LC)
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    FB-Threats-1151

Benefits

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    fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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    FB-Uses-1151