Parrotfishes May Have Preferences

The fish named Scarus tricolor is also known as Loro Tricolor in Spanish. In English, it’s called the Tricolor Parrotfish or Three-color Parrotfish.

This beautiful fish is noteworthy for being relatively common even in the face of habitat stresses. For instance, as a commercially fished species found in the wild, it can lose up to half of its population in fishing areas, such as those around the Philippines. Another worrying issue is that it may be at risk thanks to its uniquely preferential behavior.

A Fish With Favorite Habitats

Many S. tricolor populations live in thick reefs in natural bodies of water. The fish gets caught for human consumption in the Indo-Pacific and parts of the Indian Ocean.

Some of the fishing methods used to capture S. tricolor have been called “destructive” by the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species, one of the planet’s most complete conservation lists. This could be troublesome because the fish sticks to its territory so tenaciously.

The underwater habitats in question are diverse. They feature

  • Beds of seagrass,
  • Beds of algae, which may include seaweed,
  • Mangrove ecosystems, and
  • Rocky coral reefs.

Commercial Fishing Problems

Destructive fishing practices seem particularly problematic because the fish is extremely preferential about these habits. For instance, some spend most of their lives in the mangroves. Other groups seem to stay chiefly in the seagrass beds. Since these choices persist for the majority of the fish’s limited lifespan, fishing techniques that do permanent damage may put an end to another amazing species that humanity could learn from.