Sparisoma amplum

Reef parrotfish
Sparisoma amplum
Sparisoma amplum, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
Sparisoma amplum
Sparisoma amplum, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Sparisoma amplum
Sparisoma amplum




Males blue green with large obvious scales on body, a smooth head with a curving reddish line from corner of mouth widening behind eye, and a strongly lunate tail. Females/initial phase have red-brown/grey bodies with distinct large scales, irregular light bands on sides, and upper part of head yellowish. Endemic to Brazil where it is the second largest parrotfish species.


Max Size: 39 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19-30.1°C

Depth: 1-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Widespread (57.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields