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Supermale form has a green to blue-green body with a turquoise stripe along the tip of the single dorsal fin. Vibrant turquoise markings are found around mouth. Caudal fin exhibits central turquoise crescent. Solid (truncate) caudal fin. Adult form has a charcoal body with a broad white stripe running along the mid-section. Additionally, lower head may exhibit lighter coloration. Juvenile form has a white body with three black stripes running from head to tail (very similar to juvenile rainbow parrotfish,
Supermale: 30.5-40.6 cm (12-16 in) avg; 61.0 cm (2 ft) max
Adult: 15.2-25.4 cm (6-10 in); 30.5 cm (12 in) max
Algae (scraped from rocks and/or coral)
Species exhibits protogyny. Fertilization is external. Species is open water/substratum egg scatterer.
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida, and Bahamas to northern South America
3-25 meters in tropical & sub-tropical marine coastal waters
The queen parrotfish secretes a mucus cocoon in which it sleeps at night. The cocoon acts to isolate the scent of the parrotfish, making it less vulnerable to predators.
For more information about bony fishes, explore the
Bony Fishes InfoBook
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Bond, Carl E.
Biology of Fishes - Second Edition
. Saunders College Publishing, 1996.
Reef Fish Identification - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas
. New World Publications, Inc., 1992.