Redtail Parrotfish (Sparisoma chrysopterum)

Also known as Blisterside, Blue Black-finned Chub, Blue Parrotfish, Kwab, Pink Kwab, Pink Parrot, Pink Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Blisterside, Blue Black-finned Chub, Blue Parrotfish, Kwab, Pink Kwab, Pink Parrot, Pink Parrotfish.

Found singly or in schools foraging for food or resting on the bottom blending in with the background over seagrass beds and weedy areas of coral and rocky reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae and seagrasses.
Adults can rapidly change to a mottled pattern to blend in with their surroundings.
Length - 41cm
Depth - 0-15m
Widespread Western 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/1159

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