|Acanthuras triostegus, Convict surgeonfish forming a feeding|
aggregation (photograph by Cristi Richards)
|Scarus xanthopleura, Red Parrotfish|
(Photograph by Paula Ayotte)
Some areas of the Pacific are considering protecting specific herbivorous fish to help control invasive algae. So while it’s exciting to think about a shark snacking on a poor unsuspecting fish, don’t forget about the importance of the herbivores, the lawn mowers of the reef!