Latin name

Scarus quoyi

Other names

Quoy's, quoy's parrotfish.


This species is characterized by the following features: 6 median prebronchial scales; 3 rows of cheek scales 1(5), 2(5-6), 3(2); lips largely covering dental plates; caudal fin truncate to slightly rounded. 

Features of fish fins

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9. 

Fish colouring

Overall coloration is green to purplish or bluish, sometimes with a pink spot on the chest, often with a lime green saddle at the base of the upper caudal fin, dark green "antennae" and a pale green spot on the cheek.


Indo-West Pacific: from India to Vanuatu, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia; Palau (Belau) in Micronesia. 


Marine tropical species. Depth from 2 to 18 meters. Inhabits coral reefs.


This species can reach up to 40 cm in length.


Occurs in coral-rich areas of outer straits and coastal reefs. Occurs singly or in small groups on mudflats to feed on algae during high tide.

Food and feeding habits

Its usual diet consists of algae and coral polyps. 


Egg-laying, clearly mating during reproduction.


Of no commercial interest to fishermen.

Relationship with a person

Used in aquariums. In some countries they are eaten as food.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Labriformes
Family Scaridae
Genus Scarus
Species S. quoyi
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 40
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Bentophage

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