Marbled Parrotfish, Leptoscarus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

Other Names: Blue-spotted Parrotfish, Marbled Parrot-fish, Slender Parrotfish

A Marbled Parrotfish, Leptoscarus vaigiensis, at Puerto Galera, Philippines. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

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Marbled Parrotfish, Leptoscarus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

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Recorded in Australia from Rottnest Island, WA, to the Northern Territory, and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Cronulla, Sydney, NSW; also at Cocos (Keeling) Island and Lord Howe Island. Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from the northern Red Sea and South Africa to Easter Island in the Central Pacific, north to southern Japan, south to the Poor Knight's Island in New Zealand and Rottnest Island in Australia. Also in the SE Atlantic. 

Although widespread in the Indo-Pacific region, the Marbled Parrotfish is relatively rare in most parts of its range.

Inhabits seagrass beds and algal-covered reef areas in sheltered bays, harbours and lagoons.


Marbled Parrotfish usually occur in small groups. Unlike other parrotfishes, males and females look very similar and do not change sex. Larvae of this species is associated with drifting algae. It feeds on seagrasses and algae 

Species Citation

Scarus vaigiensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1824, Voyage autour du Monde 1: 288. Type locality: Waigeo (as Vaigiou), Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray


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Marbled Parrotfish, Leptoscarus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)


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CAAB Code:37386009

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass

Max Size:38 cm TL

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