Monday, February 13, 2017

Blue parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus)

Parrotfish can be recognized by their parrotlike beak, which is formed by the fusion of their upper and lower teeth. Crunching noisily, parrotfish feed on coral and algae-encrusted rocks during the day.

The blue parrotfish occurs in the Western Atlantic ranging from Maryland (USA) and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea.

Large adult develop hump on forehead and may grow to 120 cm. Adults usually a uniform blue – sometimes with yellow markings.

The blue parrotfish inhabits coral reef habitat, occurring from 3-25 m depth. Juveniles are found on seagrass (Thalassia) beds.

This fish is known to form large spawning aggregations. Dietary items include benthic plants and small organisms in the sand.
Blue parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus)
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