captain parrotfish

Scientific name Chlorurus enneacanthus
Descriptor Lacepède
Year of description 1802
IUCN category LC
Family Scaridae
Genus Chlorurus
Chlorurus enneacanthus Chlorurus enneacanthus


Chlorurus enneacanthus, commonly known as captain parrotfish, is a salt water fish from the western Indian Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm

How to recognize the captain parrotfish ?

The captain parrotfish measures between 40 and 50 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly bleu, vert and violet body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The captain parrotfish is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is herbivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The captain parrotfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    2 - 7 m

Biotope presentation

The captain parrotfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 7m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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Alexandre Dumaine

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Marc Raggi

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Benoit Chartrer

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Bibliographic references

A Review of Parrotfishes (Perciformes: Scaridae) of Taiwan with Descriptions of Four New Records and One Doubtful Species - Yun-Chih Liao - Kwang-Tsao Shao - I-Shiung Chen - Zoological Studies - 2004.

Life histories predict vulnerability to overexploitation in parrotfishes - Brett M. Taylor - Peter Houk - Garry R. Russ - J. Howard Choat - Coral Reefs - 2014.

Studies on the Reef-Dwelling Fishes of India - Parrotfishes - R.P. Barman - S.S. Mishra - Zoological survey of India - 2005.

The functional morphology, systematics and behavioural ecology of parrotfishes (family Scaridae) - D.R. Bellwood - James Cook University - 2009.

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