Bullethead Parrotfish (Chlorurus sordidus)

Also known as Bullethead Parrot, Bullet-headed Parrotfish, Bullhead Parrotfish, Daisy Parrotfish, Garnet Red Parrotfish, Green Parrotfish, Greenfin Parrotfish, Green-finned Parrotfish, Shabby Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Bullethead Parrot, Bullet-headed Parrotfish, Bullhead Parrotfish, Daisy Parrotfish, Garnet Red Parrotfish, Green Parrotfish, Greenfin Parrotfish, Green-finned Parrotfish, Shabby Parrotfish.

Found singly or in large schools foraging for food over shallow drop-offs and open reef flats of lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on benthic algae.
Juveniles found over coral rubble of reef flats and lagoons.
Geographical variation in colour.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Indian Ocean

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.de/summary/5556

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

Bullethead Parrotfish (Juvenile)

Bullethead Parrotfish (Juvenile)

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