Tropical parrotfish are many beautiful colours of the rainbow. Those are everybody's favorite, from the huge bump headed parrot fish to the schools of smaller ones grazing on the reef. they can come in any colour or combination of colours including purple and even pink! they are very common on our reefs and add a spectacular show of colour and life. their name comes from the colours and the beak like mouth used to scrape coral for food. A favorite of Kassie McCord from the Islandive office. On her weekends off she is out photographing these exquist reef fish.
They are often seen formed in large schools grazing over the reef and have often been likened to grazing cattle. While snorkeling and diving you can hear the parrotfish munching loudly on the coral.
Parrot fish do not have a stomach. The algae is crushed by a secondary jaw and processed into a very long intestine.
Parrotfish are a main contributor to the creation of sediment on a reef, as they expel fine particles of limestone that are consumed during feeding. Parrotfish exhibit the same reproductive and colour patterns as wrasses so quite often people can get the two confused.
Parrot fish are one of the only fish species to sleep during the night by forming a cocoon-like mucus structure at night, making them harder for nocturnal predators to find.
The most common parrot fish around the Whitsunday's is the Six Banded Parrot Fish.