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Parrotfishes

Blue Parrotfish

Scarus coeruleus

(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)


Greenblotch Parrotfish

Sparisoma atomarium

(1: Calvin's Crack, Roatan)

That's a juvenile.


Midnight Parrotfish

Scarus coelestinus

 
(1-2: Valley of the Kings, Roatan)


Princess Parrotfish

Scarus taeniopterus

    
(1: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 2: Gold Chain, Roatan / 3: Mr. Bud, Roatan / 4: Valley of the Kings, Roatan / 5: Anka's Place, Roatan)

These are juveniles:

  
(1: La Ventana al Valle, Roatan / 2: Neverstain Bight, Roatan / 3: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)


Queen Parrotfish

Scarus vetula

(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Rainbow Parrotfish

Scarus guacamaia

 
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Redband Parrotfish

Sparisoma aurofrenatum

       
(1-2: Minagerheas, Roatan / 3: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 4: Prince Albert, Roatan / 5: Mary's Place, Roatan / 6: Chimneys, Roatan / 7: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)

Juveniles usually have a black spot behind the gills, as shown on the fish to the left in the first picture below.  The bottom fish is also a redband parrotfish, in its initial phase.  The second picture below shows a juvenile and several masked/glass gobies:
   
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2: Minagerheas, Roatan / 3: First Bight, Roatan / 4: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Redtail Parrotfish

Sparisoma chrysopterum

       
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2,5: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 3: Prince Albert, Roatan / 4,7: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 6: Pirate's Point, Roatan / 8: Valley of the Kings, Roatan)

These parrotfish sleep at night:
 
(1-2: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Stoplight Parrotfish

Sparisoma viride

       
(1: Minagerheas, Roatan / 2: First Bight, Roatan / 3,6: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 4: Neverstain Bight, Roatan, 5: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 7: Anka's Place, Roatan / 8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)

These parrotfish sleep at night:
  
(1-2: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 3: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)

Juveniles:
   
(1: Gold Chain, Roatan / 2-3: Iron Coast, Roatan / 4: Neverstain Bight, Roatan)

In the third picture, the fish to the right is a juvenile striped parrotfish.


Striped Parrotfish

Scarus iseri

   
(1: Iron Coast, Roatan / 2: La Ventana al Valle, Roatan / 3: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 4: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

These are juveniles or initial phase adults:
       
(1,4-5: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Prince Albert, Roatan / 3,6: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 7: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 8: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan)


Yellowtail Parrotfish

Sparisoma rubripinne

       
(1-2: Mary's Place, Roatan / 3-5: Iron Coast, Roatan / 6: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 7: First Bight, Roatan / 8: Osman's Reef, Roatan)


Parrotfish Teeth

Parrotfish scrape algae from rocks and dead coral with their teeth, visible on this redband parrotfish:
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

They generate an amazing amount of sand as they feed.  When you're walking on a tropical beach, you're actually walking on parrotfish poop:
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan)