Also known as Bucktooth, Bucktooth Parrotfish, Caroline's Parrotfish, Carolinus Parrotfish, Christmas Parrotfish Marbled Parrotfish, Spinytooth Parrotfish, Stareye Parrot, Starry-eye Parrotfish.
Found singly or in small schools foraging for food over coral, rubble, seagrass and weedy areas along shorelines of reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 1-70m
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.