This is a adult rainbow parrotfish. Photo Plate 197. (see note)
Features: 1. Orange brown head; 2. Bright green rear body; Scale
centers shades of green, edges orangish; 3. Tail squared;
Size: 18-36 inches; max 66 inches
Description: Bright Green rear body; Green beak
Audubon Field Guide; page 575; plate 305;
Reef Fish ID 3rd ed; page 196-197; plate 197;
This is an adult rainbow parrotfish about 26 inches. Video
by Rod 23 Jan 2010 in about 30 feet water.
Location was Key Largo.
From: Howard Choat; James Cook
I am completing a manuscript for
publication in the scientific literature entitled the Evolution of
Parrotfishes. We have data for 92% of the known species and have an
analysis which shows their genetic relationships. I am seeking your
permission to use the image of Scarus guacamaia at
to illustrate the
complexity of relationships in the tropical Atlantic species. The
closest relative is Scarus coelestinus with a totally different colour
pattern. We are developing an argument as to how this came about. Use
of the image will be fully acknowledged and is for scientific and
educational purposes only.
Howard Choat; James Cook University.
My reply; I did not take
that picture. It was taken by Paul Humann and published in an earlier
edition of “Reef Fish Identification”. He is very accessible through
the “Reef” organization in Key Largo, FL < firstname.lastname@example.org >; I
think he would like to hear from you.................Rod
Box 13 Chazy Lake
Dannemora, N.Y. 12929
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