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Queen Parrotfish Initial phase

Scarus vetula


Adult queen parrotfish have two colour phases – initial phase and terminal phase. Initial phase fish can be either male or female. They are heavy-bodied and coloured reddish-brown with a pale head and a single broad, white stripe running along each side of the fish. Terminal phase fish are always male, and sometimes referred to as supermales”. They are usually larger than the initial phase, and coloured pale blue-green with bright blue and green markings around the mouth as well as a pale blue bar on each pectoral fin. All life stages have prominent, beaklike teeth, characteristic of the parrotfish family.


The Indians are an uninhabited small archipelago of islets in the British Virgin Islandsin the Caribbean. They are west of the small British Pelican Island and east of the small US Flanagan Island. They are located south of larger British Tortola Island and east of the large US Saint John Island. They were so named because from a distance they were though to resemble a Native American chief's head dress. The Indians are also the second most popular dive site in the British Virgin Islands after the wreck of the RMS Rhone. The shallower side of the Indians are also a popular snorkellingsite, as boats can anchor in the lee of Pelican Island.

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British Virgin Islands

Spotted on Mar 19, 2015
Submitted on Jun 14, 2015

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