Posted by: Staff | 10.22.2009

Fish Facts: Parrotfish

PHEOBE ALLEN ’11 & EMILY MELTZER ’11

This summer we went to the Caribbean for three weeks and lived on a boat while studying marine biology and scuba diving. We took a two-hour class each day learning about ocean pollution and ocean life. For our articles, we will be writing about fish, different marine lifestyles, and ocean contamination. This article is about parrotfish. They are herbivores that eat coral. Their teeth are fused together, which is a common herbivore trait. They also change their sex as they grow. They can be born a female and evolve into a male. Parrotfish’s sleeping habits are different from other fish because they make a nest out of mucous to sleep in. This nest can only be made once a night, and if they awake, they will be up all night.

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