Red Sea Parrotfish (Scarus collana)

Also known as Greenband Parrotfish


Also known as Greenband Parrotfish.

Found singly, foraging for food, over small corals, rocks, and silty sand areas, of inshore reefs, rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 33cm
Depth - 1-15m
Western Indian Ocean - Red Sea

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:


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