Greensnout Parrotfish (Scarus spinus)

Also known as Greencap Parrotfish, Pygmy Parrotfish, Spiny Parrotfish, Yellowhead Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Greencap Parrotfish, Pygmy Parrotfish, Spiny Parrotfish, Yellowhead Parrotfish.

Found singly or in harems foraging for food over outer lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 2-25m
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. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/4974

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