Steephead Parrotfish (Chlorurus microrhinos)

Also known as Blunthead Parrotfish, Blunt-headed Parrotfish, Gibbus Parrotfish, Heavybeak Parrotfish, Pacific Steephead Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Blunthead Parrotfish, Blunt-headed Parrotfish, Gibbus Parrotfish, Heavybeak Parrotfish, Pacific Steephead Parrotfish.

Found in schools foraging for food over lagoons and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on filamentous algae.
Juveniles solitary.
Length - 70cm
Depth - 1-50m
Widespread Pacific Ocean

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. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Chlorurus-microrhinos.html

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 Steephead Parrotfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Steephead Parrotfish (Juvenile)

Steephead Parrotfish (Juvenile)

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