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  Double-headed Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum)





Double-headed Parrotfish | Bolbometopon muricatum photo
pair of Humphead Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum). North Horn, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea

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FISH FACTS

Description
The adult Double-headed Parrotfish has a distinct hump on the head. It is a fairly dull grey or dark green fish with some scattered lighter spots. Sometimes forms large schools that graze on algae. during the day. Parrotfish have teeth like a beak that they use to graze algae off the reef surface of the reef. The Double-headed Parrotfish is sometimes confused with the humphead wrasse, but it has a vertical head profile, unlike the wrasse.

Size
length to 1.3m. The Double-headed Parrotfish is the largest parrotfish species.

Habitat
Adults found in clear outer lagoons and seaward reefs to depths of 30m. Juveniles found in reef lagoons. Usually seen in small groups.

Food
algae, live corals, shellfish

Range
The Double-headed Parrotfish is found throughout the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found around tropical waters off Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Scaridae
Genus:Bolbometopon
Species:muricatum
Common Name:Double-headed Parrotfish