Scarus ghobban Forsskal 1775
blue-barred parrotfish
Scarus ghobban, blue-barred parrotfish

family Scaridae - parrotfishes

Parrotfishes are so called because they have teeth which are fused into strong beak like plates(1). They feed on algae and coral. The blue-barred parrotfish, Scarus ghobban, has dorsal and anal fins which are yellow with blue margins. The female body (3) is yellow-orange with five incomplete blue bars. The caudal fin is only slightly curved. The male (2), is yellow on the sides and blue on top. They have a blue bar on each scale and blue bands extending backward from the eyes. The caudal fin is deeply curved.

Distribution =   widespread Indo-west and central Pacific, northern Australia
Max size =   to 1m