Chameleon Parrotfish (Scarus chameleon)

Also known as No other name


Also known as - No other name.

Found in schools often mixed with other fish foraging for food over exposed reef flats of lagoons and seaward reef slopes rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 3-35m
Widespread Eastern Indian Ocean, Pacific 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:


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