Also known as Half-toothed Parrotfish, Japanese Parrotfish, Marbled Parrotfish, Palecheek Parrotfish, Spinytooth Parrotfish, Spiny-toothed Parrotfish.
Found singly in algae and seagrass beds blending in with their surroundings over coastal bays and deep lagoons rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae and seagrass.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-70m
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/4357