Parrotfish: 80 Species & Colorful, Complex Lives

PARROTFISH ARE SO COLORFUL, SO RELATIVELY APPROACHABLE AND SO ABUNDANT ON TROPICAL REEFS that it’s easy to take them for granted and focus on looking for “exciting” animals like sharks, frogfish and seahorses. It doesn’t help that, often, parrotfish species are hard to pin down as to species. In reality, parrotfishes live complex lives that can involve changes of colors, patterns, size and gender. At one time naturalists thought there were about 350 parrotfish species, based on

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