It breeds during the summer, from July to September.

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The Parrotfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 20 - 50 m environment.

Although phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of parrotfishes is still ongoing, it is now accepted that they are a clade in the tribe Cheilini, and more commonly now referred to as scarine labrids. More

Parrotfishes, also called pollyfishes, are so named for their powerful cutting-edged beaks, formed of fused incisorlike jaw teeth. With these they scrape from the surface of coral, algae, polyps, and other small plant and animal life upon which they feed. More

Parrotfish grow to well over 12 inches in length in an aquarium, and the largest member of this family reaches an adult size of over 60 inches in length in the wild. More

Bonnaterre originally named this parrotfish Scarus viridis in 1788. He renamed it Sparisoma viride later that year. The genus name is derived from the Latin "sparus" = a fish with a golden head and the Greek "soma" = body. The species name viridis is Latin for green. More

Like parrotfish, wrasses swim primarily with their pectoral fins and are generally very colorful. Unlike the parrotfish which scrape algae from the reefs, wrasses fed on invertebrates such as crabs, shrimps and gastropods. They have a prominent set of canine teeth. More

Parrotfish are found throughout the world and are most commonly associated with coral reefs or lagoons. Most of these fish are found in shoals when younger, but as the fish grows to an adult size, it becomes more solitary. More

Parrotfish are mostly tropical and live in shallow waters like Hanauma Bay. They are well known for their size and bright colors. They are also popular as meals and in Hawaii you may see many restaurants serving parrotfish entrees. More

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Parrotfishes are mostly tropical, perciform marine fish of the family Scaridae. Abundant on shallow reefs of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, the parrotfish family contains ten genera and about 80 species. More

Parrotfishes are well-known for their size and bright colors. In Hawaii they are especially popular on the dinner table and are a prime target of spear and net fishermen. More

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Parrotfish are found mostly on Tropical Coral Reefs and Lagoons in the Indo-pacific region, in the Western Atlantic region, Red Sea, and Caribbean. More

Bicolor Parrotfish Cetoscarus bicolorBicolor parrotfish sleep in slimy bubbles. Before going to sleep in a reef hole, this parrotfish spins a cocoon around its body. The slimy bubble hides the fish More

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wrasses and parrotfish have and that is a well-developed pharyngeal set of teeth that are in the throat, along with their regular teeth. Cichlids have spiny rays in the back parts of the anal, dorsal, pectoral, and pelvic fins to help discourage predators. More

Parrotfish are some of the most beautiful and interesting of the reef fish inhabiting tropical island waters around the world. More

Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, the parrotfish family contains ten genera and about 90 species. More

ParrotfishThese reef fish eat algae that cover the coral reef. The parrotfish has large teeth which are fused together to help the parrot fish eat hard coral. Parrotfish can change color to match the surroundings and hide from predators. More

parrotfish is like an actor playing multiple parts in a single play, constantly changing shape, color—even gender—throughout its life. shedd imageThis revolving door of identities has long stumped scientists. More

herbivores, parrotfish eat a wide variety of organisms that live on coral reefs. Their diet may sometimes include living corals (polyps). More

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Common names

Almindelig Papegøjefisk in Danish (dansk)
Bidião in Creole, Portuguese
Bidião in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese
Bidião in Portuguese (Português)
Bodião in Portuguese (Português)
Cucca in Italian (Italiano)
Europæisk papegøjefisk in Danish (dansk)
Ghazla in Arabic (‫العربية)
Iskaroz baligi in Turkish (Türkçe)
İskaroz balığı in Turkish (Türkçe)
Kretensisk papegojfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Loro viejo in Spanish (español)
Martspan in Maltese (Malti)
Martzpan in Maltese (Malti)
Marzapani in Italian (Italiano)
Marzipan in Maltese (Malti)
Marzpan in Maltese (Malti)
Papagaio in Portuguese (Português)
Papagaio-velho in Portuguese (Português)
Papagan baligi in Turkish (Türkçe)
Papağan balığı in Turkish (Türkçe)
Papageifisch in German (Deutsch)
papegaaivis in Dutch (Nederlands)
Papigaca in Croatian (Hrvatski)
parrotfish in English
Peixe-papagaio in Portuguese (Português)
Perroquet in French (français)
Perroquet vieillard in French (français)
Pesce pappagallo in Italian (Italiano)
Pisci pappajaddu in Italian (Italiano)
Scaro in Italian (Italiano)
Scaro di Creta in Italian (Italiano)
Seepapagei in German (Deutsch)
Skaros in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Skaros in Greek, Modern (1453)
Sparisoma cretense in Catalan (Català)
Sparisoma cretense in Italian (Italiano)
Tuddu in Italian (Italiano)
veja in Portuguese (Português)
Vella in Catalan (Català)
Vieja in English
Vieja in Spanish (español)
Viela colorada in Spanish (español)
Zilleyq in Arabic (‫العربية)
Σκάρος in Greek (Ελληνικά)
Σκάρος in Greek, Modern (1453)
ﺔﻟﺰﻗ in Arabic (‫العربية)
异齿鹦鲷 in Mandarin Chinese
異齒鸚鯛 in Mandarin Chinese
肩斑真鸚嘴魚 in Mandarin Chinese
肩斑真鹦嘴鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Scaridae
Genus : Sparisoma
Species : Sparisoma cretense
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758