Bicolor Parrotfish (Cetoscarus bicolor)

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Bicolor Parrotfish

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Bicolor Parrotfish

Cetoscarus bicolor

568 Litres (150 US G.)

50.8-55.9cm (20-22 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

15-20 years



Additional names

Red-Specked Parrotfish, Spotted Parrotfish, Two-Color Parrotfish

Additional scientific names

Scarus bicolor, Scarus pulchellus, Cetoscarus pulchellus, Bolbometopon bicolor


Endemic to the Red Sea; Its Indo-Pacific range is disputed (see notes).


Hermaphroditic; males change to females, and back to males.

Tank compatibility

Peaceful, mixes well with tankmates.


Eats algae off corals by scraping off coral with their strong, beak like mouths.

Feeding regime


Environment Specifics

Reef tank, with coral structures to encourage grazing


Fairly Peaceful. Will stand ground if attacked by more aggressive species.


Juveniles are white, with an orange band bordered by black down the eyes. Adults are blue with red-purple markings.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The species' actual range is disputed - some say the Indo-Pacific population outside of the Red Sea is a separate species entirely, Cetoscarus occellatus.

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Juvenile apecimen: Adult specimen:

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