Bluelip Parrofish (Juvenile) (Cryptotomus roseus)

Also known as Manytooth Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Manytooth Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish.

Found in schools, foraging for food over sand, seagrass beds and 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: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/3674

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Bluelip Parrofish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Bluelip Parrofish

Bluelip Parrofish

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