Quoy's Parrotfish (Scarus quoyi)

Also known as Greenblotch Parrotfish, Green-blotched Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Greenblotch Parrotfish, Green-blotched Parrotfish.

Found singly or in small schools foraging for food in shallow waters over outer channels, intertidal reef flats, and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 2-18m
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/5554

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