Highfin Parrotfish, Scarus longipinnis Randall & Choat 1980

A Highfin Parrotfish, Scarus longipinnis, at Lomaiviti, Fiji, November 2016. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A small parrotfish 

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Highfin Parrotfish, Scarus longipinnis Randall & Choat 1980

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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Eslewhere the species occurs in the southwestern Pacific from eastern Australia, to Rapa, Pitcairn and the Austral Islands. It is also found in southern Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia in the Coral Sea. 
The Highfin Parrotfish forms small haremic groups on clear outer reef slopes and atoll reefs in depths of 10-55 m. In southern areas, it prefers shallower waters, 1-20 m, whereas on the northern Great Barrier Reef it occurs at depths to 50 m.


Bray, D.J.

Highfin Parrotfish, Scarus longipinnis Randall & Choat 1980


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CAAB Code:37386019

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-55 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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