1-888-834-1448

Egypt Picture - Parrotfish


Parrotfish

Parrotfish


Photographer:

Manfred Bortoli

Title:

Parrotfish

Description:

Parrotfishes belong to the Scaridae family, which has about 80 species in the circumtropical regions. Their characteristic feature is the mouth, which has two robust incisor teeth that are joined and create a "beak" that can easily break madrepores and pick up tiny algae off the rocks.

Their body is covered with large scales and has a single dorsal fin; the pectoral fins are well developed and their brilliant coloration varies according to sex and age.

Female parrotfishes change sex during their lifetime. These fishes also use their pectoral fins for propulsion and feed mostly on algae during the day.

Thanks to their special teeth, parrotfishes can break and crush madrepore corals, which they expel in the form of fine-grained sand. This characteristic of the Scaridae is responsible for the coralline beaches: the annual production of this fine sand by a single parrotfish has been estimated at hundreds of kilograms.

At night these fishes sleep in the reef crevices, wrapped in a "case" of mucus that they secrete to protect themselves from predators.


Click Here for Picture of the Day Archive

Note: If you have a picture you would like featured, please email to photos@touregypt.net with "Egypt Picture of the Day" in subject line.

Who are we?

Tour Egypt aims to offer the ultimate Egyptian adventure and intimate knowledge about the country. We offer this unique experience in two ways, the first one is by organizing a tour and coming to Egypt for a visit, whether alone or in a group, and living it firsthand. The second way to experience Egypt is from the comfort of your own home: online.