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, the species of parrotfishes are hard to identify. SPECIES, PHASES, COLORS & PATTERNS 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

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