steephead parrotfish

Scientific name Chlorurus microrhinos
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1854
IUCN category LC
Family Scaridae
Genus Chlorurus
Chlorurus microrhinos Chlorurus microrhinos


Chlorurus microrhinos, commonly known as steephead parrotfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm

How to recognize the steephead parrotfish ?

The steephead parrotfish measures between 35 and 70 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu, vert, noir and or body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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

Although the steephead parrotfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The steephead 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 - 50 m

Biotope presentation

The steephead parrotfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 50m. 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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Marc Raggi

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Benoit Chartrer

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