bullethead parrotfish

Scientific name Chlorurus spilurus
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1840
IUCN category LC
Family Scaridae
Genus Chlorurus
Chlorurus spilurus Chlorurus spilurus


Chlorurus spilurus, commonly known as bullethead parrotfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year

How to recognize the bullethead parrotfish ?

The bullethead parrotfish measures between 35 and 40 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, vert and noir body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The bullethead 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 bullethead 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
    3 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

The bullethead parrotfish is most often found at a depth between 3m and 25m. 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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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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