noun (plural same or parrotfishes)
1Any of a number of brightly coloured marine fish with a parrot-like beak, which they use to scrape food from coral and other hard surfaces:
- A widespread fish of warm seas which may secrete a mucous cocoon to deter predators (family Scaridae: Scarus and other genera). An edible fish of the southern Indian ocean (Oplegnathus conwayi, family Oplegnathidae)..
- As parrotfish graze they scrape away minute bits of white coral limestone along with the algae covering.
- I eyed a buxom coral trout with blue spots on a pink background - they make good eating - and listened to the parrotfish gnawing the coral.
- Amid the coral and sponge branches you will find hamlets, basslets, parrotfish and moray eels.
2Australian /NZ A brightly coloured marine fish, especially one of the wrasse family.
- Several species in the family Labridae.
- Parrotfishes have traditionally been given their own family but current phylogenetic data suggest that parrotfishes are one radiation within the Labridae.
- Off Byron the parrotfish and nice size squire and snapper are appearing.
- Outside of Ballina there have been some nice catches of pearl perch and parrotfish; while off Evans Head there have been some nice catches of snapper.
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