Festive Parrotfish (Scarus festivus)

Also known as Happy Parrotfish, Lunate Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Happy Parrotfish, Lunate Parrotfish.

Found in clear lagoons and seaward reefs foraging for food over areas rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic algae.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 1-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

These parrotfish are shy and rarely seen!

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/5544

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