Sparisoma frondosum

Agassizs parrotfish | Agassiz's Parrotfish
Sparisoma frondosum
Sparisoma frondosum, male, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
Sparisoma frondosum
Sparisoma frondosum, female, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
Sparisoma frondosum
Sparisoma frondosum, Abrolhos Islands, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Sparisoma frondosum
Sparisoma frondosum
Sparisoma frondosum


Tropical Atlantic/Caribbean


Males with large distinct scales on body, red-brown to olive green on sides, blue-green on back and upper tail base, head purplish with oblique blue-green stripes, one through eye and another broader one on cheek, and eye red. Females/initial phase red-brown with a large yellow patch on upper tail base and red fins.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.6-28.1°C

Depth: 1-54m

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: Data Deficient

Occurrence: Widespread (90% 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