Also known as Red-speckled Parrotfish, Spotted Parrotfish, Two-colour Parrotfish.
Found in harems, foraging for food, over coral and rocky, clear water, lagoons and seaward reefs, rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles solitary, in shallow areas, rich in algae and coral growth.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 1-30m
Parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male. They are not territorial, living and feeding in harmony with other species.
Their teeth are fused into powerful beaks which are used for grabbing filamentous algae from dead coral, often found feeding in a cloud of sediment.
At night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators.
These beautiful fish whose males usually outshine the females for colour also change dramatically from juvenile to adult. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/66097