Redlip Parrotfish (Juvenile) (Scarus rubroviolaceus)

Also known as Bicolor Parrotfish, Blackvein Parrotfish, Black-veined Parrotfish, Black-veined Red Parrotfish, Ember Parrotfish, Half-and-Half Parrotfish, Red-lipped Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Bicolor Parrotfish, Blackvein Parrotfish, Black-veined Parrotfish, Black-veined Red Parrotfish, Ember Parrotfish, Half-and-Half Parrotfish, Red-lipped Parrotfish.

Found singly, pairs or large schools foraging for food over coral, rock and boulder strewn slopes of seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 70cm
Depth - 1-35m
Widespread Eastern Pacific, Indo-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/5555

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Redlip Parrotfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Redlip Parrotfish

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