RAINBOW PARROT FISH - painting by Amanda Reichelt-Brushett
These fish are found in abundance in shallow reefs around the world, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
Status: Least Concern
Easily distinguished by their peculiar beak shaped mouth.
With over 90 species of Parrot fish come in the most bright colors from parrot green, to shades of blue, reds and yellows.
This species is that they are largely responsible for the fine white sand of many tropical coral islands today. While breaking of chunks of coral and rocky substrates for algae they grind up the coral rock and excrete the same as a fine sand which have over the thousands of years helped create the small islands and sandy beaches in the Bahamas and Caribbean. One parrot fish can produce upto 90kgs (approx. 198 pounds) of sand each year.