Sixband Parrotfish, Scarus frenatus Lacépède 1802


Other Names: Bridled Parrotfish, Six-banded Parrotfish, Six-banded Parrot-fish

A male (terminal phase) Sixband Parrotfish, Scarus frenatus, in the Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
Large male Sixband Parrotfish are dark bluish-green, with pink lines and bands on the snout, chin and head, a broad greenish band from the mouth to the pectoral-fin base, the rear of the body abruptly lighter blue, and a large pinkish to orange crescent-shaped mark on the tail. Females are greyish to reddish with 6-7 broad dark stripes along the sides and a pale tail base.

Parrotfishes change sex from male to female during their life cycle and vary in colour depending on their sex and growth stage.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Scarus frenatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jun 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2359

Sixband Parrotfish, Scarus frenatus Lacépède 1802

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Distribution

Recorded in Australian waters from the Houtman Abrolhos to Cape Londonderry, WA, and north of Cape York to the Capricorn Group, QLD; also at Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea and Lord Howe Island. Elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific. Juveniles have been seen as far south as Sydney Harbour.

Elsewhere, widespread in the Red Sea and Indo-West Pacific.

Species Citation

Scarus frenatus Lacépède, 1802, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 4: 3, 13, pl. 1(2). Type locality: Mauritius.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Sixband Parrotfish, Scarus frenatus Lacépède 1802

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37386016

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:47 cm TL

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