Parrotfish (1 of 2)

Parrotfish (1 of 2)

Did you know most parrotfish are born as females? Most juveniles grow into females, when their leading male dies, the strongest female from the group turns into a male.
They live in small groups up to dozen females, each group is ran by a single strong male. The males defend their position from other males and protect their “harem”. When the male dies, the strongest female from the group turns into a male and takes the “harem” over, protecting the rest of the females. The change from female to male takes very short time, sometimes not even two weeks. Female parrotfish release many tiny, buoyant eggs that freely float in the water and settle into a coral until hatching.
Parrotfish are one of the most colorful reef fish in the Caribbean, the name comes from the shape of their mouth that looks like a beak of a parrot. They live up to 10 years and sexually mature when they are about 3 years old. Through every phase of their life they change colors, from juvenile, to large female, up to the final supermale period. They have the nicest and most beautiful colors when they reach their final stage.

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  1. Lauren Author March 27, 2018 (5:49 am)

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