Also known as Blownose, Blue Chub, Blue Parrot, Blue Parrotfish, Blueman, Joblin Crow, Moontail, Parrot, Slimy Head.
Found in schools, foraging for food, over dead coral and rocks of coral and rocky reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 3-25m
Widespread Western Central Atlantic, Caribbean
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/Scarus-vetula