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The typical size is between 30 and 60 cm, but it can grow to almost 1 m. It has been observed as far north as Maryland and as far south as Brazil. Usually found between 3 and 80 metres depth, it swims over reefs and sandy areas, where it feeds on algae by scraping it with its teeth fused into a beak.
The Midnight Parrotfish is a species of parrotfish which inhabits coral reefs mainly in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.