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This real taxidermy fish is a Parrotfish, which are a group of about 95 species traditionally regarded as a family (Scaridae), but now often considered a subfamily (Scarinae) of the wrasses. Traditionally, the parrotfishes have been considered a family level taxon, Scaridae. Although phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of parrotfishes is ongoing, they are now accepted to be a clade in the tribe Cheilini, and are now commonly referred to as scarine labrids (subfamily Scarinae, family Labridae).
They are found in relatively shallow tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world, displaying their largest species richness in the Indo-Pacific. They are found in coral reefs, rocky coasts, and seagrass beds, and play a significant role in bioerosion. Although they typically are considered to be herbivores, parrotfish eat a wide variety of microscopic reef organisms, and they are not necessarily vegetarian. Species such as the green hump-head parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) include coral in their diets. Their feeding activity is important for the production and distribution of coral sands in the reef biome, and can prevent algae from choking coral. The teeth grow continuously, replacing material worn away by feeding. Google eyes have been added for display and a nylon fishing line with a hanging ring has been added for display purposes. Fishing hooks may still be attached.
The quills are sharp on the ends and should be handled with care. You will receive a 14-17″ parrotfish similar to the one pictured.