Greenthroat Parrotfish (Scarus prasiognathos)

Also known as Blue-faced Parrotfish, Dusky Parrotfish, Greencheek Parrotfish, Greenface Parrotfish, Ocean Parrotfish, Singapore Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Blue-faced Parrotfish, Dusky Parrotfish, Greencheek Parrotfish, Greenface Parrotfish, Ocean Parrotfish, Singapore Parrotfish.

Found in large schools foraging for food on shallow protected reef flats over seaward reef slopes although more often over outer reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 1-30m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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/4971

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Greenthroat Parrotfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Greenthroat Parrotfish (Juvenile)

Greenthroat Parrotfish (Juvenile)

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2 comments

  1. Thank you for noticing the difference, fish put in the wrong place has been renamed and put in the right place as this is the Rusty Parrotfish - Scarus ferruginerus

  2. Posted by @xs6615
    March 15, 2013 at 16:39 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    It strongly seems that the first picture is not the same as the other pictures as the caudal (tail) fin is completely different. I am trying to identify the first photograph, but it does not seem to be the Greenthroat.

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