Emerald Parrotfish

Nicholsina usta

Maximum Size:

12 in (30 cm)


Around 7 years.

Typical depth:

0–246 ft (0–75 m)


While emerald parrotfish can be found in deep water, they are predominantly found in shallow seagrass habitat less than 3 feet (1 meter) deep. They are active during the day when they are often seen feeding in small groups on seagrass and small invertebrates.


Grouper, moray eels and snapper.

Did you know?

The emerald parrotfish has individual teeth, which are flat with pointed tips, rather than the fused beak present in most other parrotfish species.