Princess Parrotfish

Scarus taeniopterus

Maximum Size:

14 in (35 cm)


Unknown, probably less than 5 years.

Typical depth:

3–82 ft (1–25 m)


Princess parrotfish form large schools during the day to feed on plants, algae, sponges and seagrass. Juveniles are more closely associated with seagrass beds. They start out life as female but can transition to male if no other large breeding males are around.


Grouper, jacks and moray eels.

Did you know?

Parrotfish produce a mucus bubble from their mouth to cover themselves while they sleep at night. Scientists believe they do this to make it harder for predators and parasites to find them while they are at their most vulnerable. The mucus bubble is also said to have healing properties.