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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.


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


(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.
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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Most of the white sand in the Caribbean is made of parrotfish droppings.
In a study in Belize, localised fishing was controlled in a marine reserve in which grazing of algae by parrotfish was maintained, halving the rate of reef decline.
Nestled on the coast of the Red Sea with its crystal clear waters - home to an abundance of colourful marine life such as lionfish, parrotfish, octopus and seahorses - Eilat has plenty of potential for adventure.
Spend your days snorkelling or scuba diving in the calm waters, where you can see parrotfish, seahorses and octopuses, swim in the crystalline Inland Sea of Comino, or stretch out on the sands of Malta's Golden Bay.
Earle (1980) described the surfaces of rocks at deeper depths (> 20 m) to be covered by a "jungle of red (algae), 15 to 30 cm high," while noting high grazing activity by herbivorous fish (surgeonfish, parrotfish, girellids, blennies, gobies, and others) in warmer, shallow waters (<20 m) above the thermocline.
Turf seaweed, often found in warmer waters, has taken over, as have subtropical and tropical species like parrotfish and rabbitfish, typically found in coral reefs.
And then there were Slingjaw Wrasses and Napoleon Fish and Threadfin, Crown and Lined Butterflyfish, Humbugs and Footballers, parrotfish and Sergeant-majors, morays and mojarras, tunas, triggerfish and trevallies.
The underwater snorkeling adventure offers the opportunity to listen to the parrotfish feeding off the coral, watch schools of vibrantly coloured reef fish swim by and search for sleeping octopuses by the rocks.
most white beach sand is made from Parrotfish poop - they feed on coral, which breaks down and emerges from them as tiny white grains.
The sustainable fishing indicator reached 60% of its targets, which include boosting the population of parrotfish, a species that is fully protected in Guatemala (a five-year fishing ban on this species was imposed by the Guatemalan authorities).
The humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) was reported only in catches in 1985, and the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) was reported in, on average, 0.
Jewellike turquoise parrotfish flitted before my eyes.