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Parrotfishes of the Genus Scarus
Part 3

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Bob Fenner  

Scarus psittacus Forsskal 1775, the Common or Palenose Parrotfish. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea, southern Africa to Hawai'i and the Marquesas.  To 36 cm. in length. Terminal phases off Two-Step off the Big Island of Hawai'i and in the upper Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. 

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Scarus rubroviolaceus Bleeker 1847, the Ember Parrotfish. Indo-pan-Pacific; eastern Africa to Panama, including Hawaii and Galapagos Islands. To twenty eight inches in length. Shown, a female and male off Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia, and an initial phase terminal phase individuals in the Galapagos below.

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Scarus russelii Valenciennes 1840. Eclipse Parrotfish. Western Indian Ocean.... To 51 cm.

 

Scarus schlegeli (Bleeker 1861), Schlegel's Parrotfish. Found throughout the Pacific with the exception of coastlines generally. To fifteen inches in length. Shown: A male off of Queensland Australia. 

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Scarus spinus (Kner 1868), the Greensnout Parrotfish. Western Indo-Pacific; Christmas Island to the Philippines, Micronesia. To a mere foot in length. Male photographed off of Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia.

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Scarus taeniopterus Desmarest 1831, the Princess Parrotfish. Western Atlantic; Bermuda to Brazil. To fourteen inches overall length. Likely the most commonly utilized species (of only a handful) used in the ornamental trade of this family. Due to better collection, holding and shipping more arrive in good condition and live. Though most are dead within a month of collection. Juvenile, initial and terminal phase individuals in Cancun (first), Bahamas, and Bonaire respectively. 
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Scarus vetula Bloch & Schneider 1801, the Queen Parrotfish. Western Atlantic; Bermuda to Argentina. To two feet in length. A smaller species that occasionally makes its way into pet-fish markets. Bahamas pix of an initial phase and profile of a terminal one. 

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