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par·rot·fish

 (păr′ət-fĭsh′)
n. pl. parrotfish or par·rot·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored tropical marine fishes of the family Scaridae, having fused teeth resembling a parrot's beak.

parrotfish

(ˈpærətˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any brightly coloured tropical marine percoid fish of the family Scaridae, having parrot-like jaws
2. (Animals) Austral any of various brightly coloured marine fish of the family Labridae
3. (Animals) any of various similar fishes

par•rot•fish

(ˈpær ətˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any tropical marine fish of the family Scaridae, having brilliant coloring and parrotlike jaws.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parrotfish - gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teethparrotfish - gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teeth
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
family Scaridae, Scaridae - parrotfishes
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Found in coral reefs are colorful damselfishes in large schools, large parrotfishes whose hues can range from dark blue to yellow to grey in eye-popping patterns.
For example, in 1985, the total biomass was estimated at 10,025 t, and excavators (large-bodied parrotfishes [e.
The topics are pair formation in coral reef fishes: an ecological perspectives; the ecosystem roles of parrotfishes on tropical reefs; limits to understanding and managing outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.
The parrotfishes are very important to coral reef health because they eat the algae that would otherwise overwhelm young corals on reefs recovering from natural disturbances.
We saw increasing numbers of mid-level predators - such as snappers - and a reduction in the number of herbivores such as parrotfishes, which are very important to coral reef health because they eat the algae that would otherwise overwhelm young corals on reefs recovering from natural disturbances," Meekan said.
A phylogenetic study of the parrotfishes family Scaridae (Pisces: Labroidei) with a revision of genera.
Both sexes are illustrated for species that exhibit sexual dichromatism, such as wrasses, parrotfishes, and triggerfishes.
More than two thirds of the assemblage by NISP is made up of just four families: parrotfishes (l) (Scaridae), surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae), wrasses (Labridae), and emperors (Lethrinidae).
Fish pots targeted spiny lobsters, grunts, boxfishes, queen triggerfishes, and parrotfishes, whereas lobster traps landed mainly spiny lobsters.
On a healthy reef, grazing herbivores such as turtles and parrotfishes, along with other fishes, control the growth of tiny photosynthetic algae, the starting point of coral reefs' food web.
The parrotfishes, family Scaridae, are characterized as specialized perciform fishes that closely associate with reefs and are primarily tropical in distribution (Schultz 1958, 1969 and Nelson 1994).