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Parrotfish


Parrotfish
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Copyright: randy lafferty (cherokeechief) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 4 N: 43] (142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-25
Categories: Fish
Camera: sony dsc p-52
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fishes from around the world, Oklahoma Aquarium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 22:57
Viewed: 3701
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Individual species of parrotfish are difficult to identify, since they show different color patterns according to their age and sex. Early scientists named more than 300 species based on the many color forms—now the number of species has been narrowed to about 60.

Parrotfishes are daytime creatures. At night they burrow in the sand or hide in crevices. Some species even secrete a clear mucous cocoon around themselves at night, which probably masks their scent and helps protect them from predators like sharks and moray eels.

Oklahoma Aquarium. Photoshopped: added contrast, cropped and sized.


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