Also known as Filament-finned Parrotfish, Highfin Parrotfish, High-finned Parrotfish, Minifin Parrotfish.
Found in large schools foraging for food along reef margins of seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles found singly over shallow protected reefs.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 1-50m
Widespread 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: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5540