Marbled Parrotfish (Leptoscarus vaigiensis)

Also known as Blue-marbled Parrotfish, Blue-spotted Parrotfish, Petroleum Parrotfish, Seagrass Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Blue-marbled Parrotfish, Blue-spotted Parrotfish, Petroleum Parrotfish, Seagrass Parrotfish, Slender Parrotfish.

Found in schools over hard bottoms and seagrass beds of sheltered bays, harbours and lagoons rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae and seagrass.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 0-15m
Widespread Southeast Atlantic, Indo-Pacific

Unlike other parrotfish these fish are not Hermaphrodites and are very similar in colour!

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/4360

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