Also known as Blue-barred Orange Parrotfish, Bluechin Parrotfish, Blue-chinned Parrotfish, Bluetrim Parrotfish, Cream Parrotfish, Flame-breasted Parrotfish, Globe-headed Parrotfish, Green-blotched Parrotfish, Yellowscale Parrotfish.
Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over drop-offs and slopes of lagoons and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles found in schools over inshore reefs.
Length - 75cm
Depth - 1-90m
Widespread Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Pacific, Indo-Pacific
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/5548