Greenbelly Parrotfish (Scarus falcipinnis)

Also known as Sicklefin Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Sicklefin Parrotfish.

Found singly or in pairs over steep seaward reef slopes rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic algae.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 6-20m
Widespread Western 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.se/summary/7911

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