Queen parrotfish

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The queen parrotfish (Scarus vetula) is a species of parrotfish found at reefs in the Caribbean Sea. References - * Yahoo! Kids. Queen Parrotfish. * Beautiful Oceans. Queen Parrotfish (Scarus vetula). More

Description: Adult queen parrotfish have two colour phases – initial phase and terminal phase. Initial phase fish can be either male or female. More

Queen Parrotfish has two distinct color patterns. Young adults are gray with a broad, white side stripe. Certain older males, known as supermales, are blue-green. Queen Parrotfish of all ages swim together in schools and feed on algae growing on coral and limestone rock. More

Summary: Queen Parrotfish tend to stay in water of depths between 10 and 80 feet. Identify Queen Parrotfish with tips from a Caribbean scuba instructor in this free video on tropical fish identification. More

Herbivorous fishes, like the queen parrotfish, need protection from overfishing in order that they can keep algae growth on degraded tropical reefs under control. Herbivores provide a critical function in the marine environment. More

At present, the queen parrotfish is not considered at risk given current guidelines on sustainability, but that is based on species survivability versus ecosystem health. More

The queen parrotfish secretes a mucus cocoon in which it sleeps at night. The cocoon acts to isolate the scent of the parrotfish, making it less vulnerable to predators. 2. More

This queen parrotfish (Scarus vetula) is taking a bite out of some coral, while a couple of juvenile bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum) take the opportunity to undertake some cleaning work while the parrotfish is somewhat still. More

An adult queen parrotfish, Scarus vetula, on Shark Junction Reef near Grand Bahama Island in the northern Bahamas. More

Queen Parrotfish, a truly unusual catch when fishing for Bonefish. This female without any hesitation took a crab fly presented to passing bonefish. More

Common names

Greenback parrotfish in English
midnight parrotfish in English
queen parrotfish in English

Order : Perciformes
Family : Scaridae
Genus : Scarus
Species : Scarus coelestinus
Authority : Valenciennes, 1840