Also known as Blueman, Blue Parrot.
Found singly or in large schools, foraging for food, over vegetated sandy areas of coral reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles found over seagrass beds.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 3-25m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean
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.in/summary/1153