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Chlorurus microrhinos Steephead Parrotfish, Blunt-head Parrotfish, Gibbus Parrotfish, Heavybeak Parrotfish, Pacific Steephead Parrotfish


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lexID:
2923 
AphiaID:
277507 
Scientific:
Chlorurus microrhinos 
German:
Buckelkopf-Papageifisch 
English:
Steephead Parrotfish, Blunt-head Parrotfish, Gibbus Parrotfish, Heavybeak Parrotfish, Pacific Steephead Parrotfish  
Category:
Parrotfishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Scaridae (Family) > Chlorurus (Genus) > microrhinos (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Bleeker, ), 1854 
Occurrence:
Hong Kong, American Samoa, Austral Islands, Australia, Bakers Island, Bali, Borneo (Kalimantan), Caroline Island, China, Christmas Islands, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Fiji, Flores, French Polynesia, Gambier Islands, Guam, Howland Island, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Java, Kiribati, Line Islands, Malaysia, Marquesas Islands, Marschall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New South Wales (Australia), Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Ogasawara Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Phoenix Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Queensland (Australia), Raja Amat, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Spratly Islands, Tahiti, Taiwan, The Bangai Archipelago, The Ryukyu Islands, the Society Islands, Timor, Togean Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuamoto Islands, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wake Atoll, Wallis and Futuna, Western Australia 
Sea depth:
1 - 50 Meter 
Size:
up to 27.56" (70 cm) 
Weight:
5,4 kg 
Temperature:
68 °F - 87.8 °F (20°C - 31°C) 
Food:
Coral polyps = corallivorous 
Tank:
3299.68 gal (~ 15000L) 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-09-29 07:38:06 

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Chlorurus microrhinos also known as Steephead Parrotfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western and Central Pacific.

The Steephead Parrotfish has large exposed tooth plates. The upper plate has one or two canines on each side. The head profile becomes very steep in adults. The caudal fin is rounded in juveniles but changes to truncate with elongate upper and lower lobes in adults.

Both sexes are usually green-blue overall with a pinkish bar on each scale. The tooth plates are blue-green. There is a blue-green band above the mouth and a wider one below. An irregular blue-green line crosses the cheek, below which the head is usually greenish-yellow. This species also has a less common red phase. Uniform yellowish-tan individuals are known but are rare. Steephead Parrotfish juveniles below about 8 cm are black with horizontal white stripes. Juveniles are generally solitary and large adults often school together. Chlorurus microrhinos grows to 70 cm in length, quite aside that he only eats corals, this fish is not suitable for our aquariums

By the way, the picture show a sleeping Steephead Parrotfish (Chlorurus microrhinos) in nighttime colouration.

Order: Perciformes
Family: Scaridae
Genus: Chlorurus
Species: Chlorurus microrhinos

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