Blue Parrotfish. M.L. Anderson, 2009. Parrot Fish. Parrotfish - Scaridae. Parrotfish continually graze the hard bottom, using their parrot‑like beak of fused teeth to scrape a bite of algae.
Parrotfish - Scaridae
Control algae abundance on the reef and keep the hard surfaces clean and allow new corals to grow or invertebrates to attach to the substrate.
There is some evidence that herbivorous fish have bacteria in their guts, much like cows, to allow them to digest more nutrients from the algae.
There is no evidence of this species being endangered or threatened.
Protected status in Bermuda
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