blue-barred parrotfish

Scientific name Scarus ghobban
Descriptor Forsskål
Year of description 1775
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Scaridae
Genus Scarus
Scarus ghobban Scarus ghobban


Scarus ghobban, commonly known as blue-barred parrotfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    75 cm
  • Longevity
    13 year
  • Average size
    30 cm
  • Maximum size
    75 cm
  • Longevity
    13 year

How to recognize the blue-barred parrotfish ?

The blue-barred parrotfish measures between 30 and 75 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly bleu, vert, orange, rose, beige and violet body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The blue-barred parrotfish is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is herbivorous .

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


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The blue-barred parrotfish is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 90 m

Biotope presentation

The blue-barred parrotfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 90m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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