Monday, November 7, 2016

Rainbow parrotfish

Parrotfish get their name because their mouth looks like a parrot’s beak. They have two large front teeth that are stick together to help them chip algae and other plants off the hard coral.

Most of the 85 species of parrotfish live on tropical coral reefs in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. They only eat ocean plants.

The rainbow parrotfish occurs in the Western Atlantic, ranging form Bermuda to Argentina including the Caribbean Sea.

The rainbow parrotfish, which grows to 3 feet (1 m) and 20 pounds (9 kg), is the biggest North American parrotfish. The species is found from 3-25 m depth. Juveniles are commonly encountered in mangrove areas It inhabits a home cave at night and when threatened.

In Jamaican waters, the highest proportion of active an ripe fishes appear to be confined to the period between January and May.
Rainbow parrotfish
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