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Queen Parrotfish
Scarus vetula

This queen parrotfish is actually a "king."  Supermales like this one begin as females, with less dramatic coloration, and exhibit this vivid color change in their "terminal" phase.

Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
 
Sea Facts:

Parrotfish spin underwater pajamas at night. When the sun sets, they secrete a mucous cocoon around their bodies, and "cover up" for the night.

 

Queen Parrotfish

 
         
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