Bluelip Parrofish (Juvenile) (Cryptotomus roseus)

Also known as Manytooth Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish


Also known as Manytooth Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish.

Found in schools, foraging for food, over sand, seagrass beds, and in weedy areas, of coral and rocky reefs, rich in weed growth.
They feed seagrass.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-60m
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:


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