Bridled Parrotfish (Scarus frenatus)

Also known as Fall Parrotfish, Sixband Parrotfish, Six-banded Parrotfish, Vermiculate Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Fall Parrotfish, Sixband Parrotfish, Six-banded Parrotfish, Vermiculate Parrotfish.

Found singly or in mixed schools foraging for food over shallow waters of exposed outer reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles coral and rubble areas of lagoon reefs.
Length - 47cm
Depth - 1-20m
Widespread 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.se/summary/5546

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 Bridled Parrotfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Bridled Parrotfish (Juvenile)

Bridled Parrotfish (Juvenile)

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  1. Perfect description of the juvenile one in "Bellwood, David R., & Choat, J.H., 1989. A description of the juvenile phase colour patterns of 24 parrotfish species (family Scaridae) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 41(1): 1??41. [30 June 1989", page 21

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