Scarus globiceps   Valenciennes,  1840 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 23-27 cm.

Max. weight reported: 500 gm

Color: 2 adult color phases; initial phase- dark brown to grey-brown dorsally, shading to yellowish brown ventrally, with 3 faint whitish lines on abdomen; eye greenish brown; median fins dark brown; pectoral fins with dark brown rays and pale membranes; pelvic fins dark brown, tinged with light red or orange; terminal; phase- body green with a salmon-pink to orange bar on each scale, except on abdomen where the bars split into dorsal and ventral spots and the green forms 3 stripes along scales centers, and thorax which is solid green; head with a horizontal orange to light brown band passing in front of snout to orbit, curving under eye and continuing to edge of opercle; head green below and lavender above, this band, shading posteriorly to orange with green bands radiating from eye and small green spots on scales; dorsal and anal fins with a blue border, a broad median band of orange containing a row of large green spots, and a green to blue-green band at base; usually a blackish spot at or near base of fourth dorsal spine; caudal fin green with a submarginal streak of orange in each lobe; pectoral fins with green rays and pale membranes except for a streak of orange around rays 3 to 5; a dark bar at pectoral fin base; pelvic fins salmon with a blue leading edge.

Body depth contained about 2.6 to 3 times in standard length. Anterior head profile almost hemispherical; mouth inferior; teeth fused to form dental plates in upper and lower jaws, dental plates smooth, the individual teeth only visible at margins; upper jaw enclosing lower jaw with mouth closed; lips almost covering dental plates; 1 or 2 canines posteriorly on sides of both upper and lower plates; 4 to 6 (usually 5 or 6) median predorsal scales; 3 rows of cheek scales, with 5 to 8 (usually 6) scales in dorsal row, 5 to 9 (usually 7) scales in middle row, and 1 to 4 (usually 3) scales in ventral row. Pectoral fins with 12 branches rays; caudal fin slightly rounded to double emarginate in initial phase, becoming more so in terminal phase; caudal lobes never produced. Primary phases of S. globiceps, S. psittacus and S. rivulatus are difficult to distinguish from one another. S. globiceps differs in that it is the only one with 3 scale rows and 5 or more scales in the ventral row. Dorsal spines (total): 9-9, Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 9.

Protogynous, external fertilisation, nonguarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Callyodon globiceps Smith, 1956
Callyodon dubius Smith, 1956
Callyodon globiceps (Valenciennes, 1840)
Callyodon lepidus (Jenyns, 1842)
Pseudocarus spilonotus Kner, 1868
Pseudoscarus fuscus De Vis, 1885
Pseudoscarus strigipinnis De Vis, 1885
Scarus lepidus Jenyns, 1842
Scarus pronus Fowler, 1900
Scarus qlobiceps Valenciennes, 1840

Common Name (s)
• Globehead Parrotfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Primary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, other plants


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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