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Parrotfishes

Bartail Parrotfish

Scarus caudofasciatus

 
(1: Koh Bon, Thailand / 2: Similan Islands, Thailand)


Bluepatch Parrotfish

Scarus forsteni

(1: East Dravuni Pass, Fiji)


Bluebarred Parrotfish

Scarus ghobban

      
(1,4: Koh Bon, Thailand / 2-3: Koh Tachai, Thailand / 5-7; Similan Islands, Thailand)


Bridled Parrotfish

Scarus frenatus

  
(1-2 Similan Islands, Thailand / 3: M n M, Fiji)


Bullethead Parrotfish

Chlorurus sordidus

    
(1: Koh Bon, Thailand / 2: Surin Islands, Thailand / 3: Mellow Yellow, Fiji / 4-5: Piton's, Fiji)


Chameleon Parrotfish

Scarus chameleon

(1: Piton's, Fiji)


Dusky Parrotfish

(aka Swarthy Parrotfish)

Scarus niger

       
(1-3: Koh Bon, Thailand / 4-5: Koh Tachai, Thailand / 6-7: Similan Islands, Thailand / 8: Piton's, Fiji)


Greenthroat Parrotfish

Scarus prasiognathos

  
(1: Surin Islands, Thailand / 2-3: Koh Tachai, Thailand)


Indian Parrotfish

Chlorurus capistratoides

  
(1-3: Koh Bon, Thailand)


Quoy's Parrotfish

Scarus quoyi

(1: Similan Islands, Thailand)


Redlip Parrotfish

Scarus rubroviolaceus

(1: Surin Islands, Thailand)


Roundhead Parrotfish

Chlorurus strongylocephalus

    
(1: Koh Tachai, Thailand / 2-5: Similan Islands, Thailand)


Spotted Parrotfish

Cetoscarus ocellatus

(1: Similan Islands, Thailand)


Tricolor Parrotfish

Scarus tricolor

   
(1-3: Koh Bon, Thailand / 4: Similan Islands, Thailand)


Yellowbar Parrotfish

Scarus schlegeli

   
(1: Alacrity, Fiji / 2-4: Solo Reef, Fiji)


Parrotfish Make Sand

Parrotfish use their beaks to scrape algae off of coral reefs, and in the process scrape bits of the reef away.  When this passes through the parrotfish, the end product is sand.  A large parrotfish can generate over two tons of sand per year.  So when you're walking on a pristine tropical beach, remember that most of what you're walking on went through a parrotfish.

(1: Piton's, Fiji)