dusky parrotfish

Scientific name Scarus niger
Descriptor Forsskål
Year of description 1775
IUCN category LC
Family Scaridae
Genus Scarus
Scarus niger Scarus niger


Scarus niger, commonly known as dusky parrotfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    44 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    44 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales

How to recognize the dusky parrotfish ?

The dusky parrotfish measures between 40 and 44 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu, vert, rose and violet body. The also has violet drawn scales.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The dusky parrotfish is a fish living in small groups. This species is herbivorous .

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


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The dusky 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.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The dusky parrotfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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