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Consuming smaller fish like wrasses, the trumpetfish is mainly an ambush predator, frequently hanging vertically to camouflage itself among the coral or sponges.
Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica

Tags:   Champagne Reef Scott's Head Soufrière Dominica Trumpetfish

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A common herbivore in the Atlantic Ocean, the long-spined urchin mostly feeds on algae growing on coral. In 1983 a massive die-off in the Caribbean Sea from a cause which remains unknown wiped out 97% of the population, resulting in widespread damage to coral reefs from overgrown algae, damaging tourism in many areas. The populations appear to be recovering, though somewhat unevenly.

The urchins are arranged around a branching tube sponge, which are also fairly common in the Caribbean.
Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica

Tags:   Champagne Reef Scott's Head Soufrière Dominica Long-Spined Urchin Branching Tube Sponge

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The largest species of sponge found in the Caribbean Sea, the Giant Barrel Sponge can live for 2000 years and grow up to 1.8m in diameter. Water is channeled through the interior, where flagella push organic matter into specialized phagocytizing cells. However relatively little is known about these sponges.
Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica

Tags:   Champagne Reef Scott's Head Soufrière Dominica Giant Barrel Sponge

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Known for its deep grooves that vaguely resemble a brain, the brain coral is one of the dominant corals of the Caribbean Sea. During the night, the polyps of the coral extend their tentacles to feed on plankton.
Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica

Tags:   Champagne Reef Scott's Head Soufrière Dominica brain coral Grooved sponge

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Named for their parrot-like beak, the parrotfish consume either coral or the algae growing atop coral, grinding the coral to create sand that is then excreted (on average a single parrotfish produces 275g of sand a day). They also have an incredibly complex reproductive cycle, with sequential hermaphroditism (gender changing) based on life cycle or the gender ratio in a harem.
Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Scott's Head, Commonwealth of Dominica

Tags:   Champagne Reef Scott's Head Soufrière Dominica parrot fish


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