However, this fact is not only reserved for humans, no, a small damselfish illustrates how gardening works in the ocean.
Stegastes apicalis cultivates a thin layer of turf algae on barren regions and coral rubble in its habitats, which it regularly trims by feeding on the algae.
Typically, the perch is found near reef holes and other shelters at the top of shallow reef ridges and in rubble or patch reef areas of lagoons.
Body color is dark brown with yellow or red overlay on the anterior portion of the head and body, blackish streaks near the scale margins, giving the appearance of narrow transverse bands.
There are scattered small blue spots on the head, on the chest, and on the back of the sides of the body.
These damselflies exhibit a spiny dorsal fin with a reddish-brown - orange submarginal band, the soft dorsal fin has an orange margin.
Juveniles can be identified by a large, dark eye spot on the front of the dorsal fin, which shrinks to a small black spot on adults as they age.
Similar species: Stegastes gascoynei
Synonym: Pomacentrus apicalis De Vis, 1885