|Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma virde)|
|Parrotfish caught in the act of creating more sand.|
Bšhlke, J.E., and C.G. Chaplin 1993. Fishes of the Bahamas and Adjacent Tropical Waters. University of Texas Press, Austin, 464-482.
Bardach, John E. "Transport of calcareous fragments by reef fishes." Science 133.3446 (1961): 98-99.
Bruggemann, J. H., et al. "Bioerosion and sediment ingestion by the Caribbean parrotfish Scarus vetula and Sparisoma viride: implications of fish size, feeding mode and habitat use." Marine ecology progress series. Oldendorf 134.1 (1996): 59-71.
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|Figure 5 from Bruggemann, et al. (Yellow highlighting mine)|
AND... a beautiful 2 minute video of parrotfish feeding from the "Blue Planet" BBC series (discovered by regular reader Ramón... thanks!). Note the part at 56 seconds in--a lovely shot of sand being delivered to the reef.