Scarus ghobban   Forsskal,  1775 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 90.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); common length 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed).

Color: Very light orange to yellowish, marked with bright blue spots in center of scales, these blue-spotted scales arranged to form 5 bars that are 2 or 3 scales wide; a blue cross band on lips, a curved blue streak from angle of mouth to below eye. Base and outer margins of dorsal and anal fins blue edged.

Depth 2.9 in standard length, 3.7 in total length. Head 3.0 in standard length, 3.7 in total length. Eye 5.9, 2.5 in snout. Lateral body shape is elongated. Lips covering 0.5 to 0.8 of dental plates. Small initial-phase fish without canine teeth posteriorly on one side of dental plates; large initial phase and terminal phase fish with 1 to 3 canines on upper dental plate, none on lower. Posterior nostril oval and large, 2 to 5 times larger than anterior. Median predorsal scales nearly always 6; usually 3 rows of cheek scales. Pectoral fin with 15 or 16 rays.

Protogynous, external fertilization. Sex change occurs at 29.0 cm TL and 7 years of age.

Max. reported age: 13 years.

Synonym (s)
Callyodon ghobban Jones & Kumaran, 1980
Scarus ghobban Forsskal, 1775
Pseudoscarus ghobban Day, 1877
Pseudoscarus ghobban Day, 1889
Callyodon apridentatus Smith, 1956
(Junior synonym)
Callyodon dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1840)
(Junior synonym)
Callyodon fuscocuneus Fowler, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Callyodon ghobban (Forsskal, 1775)
(Senior synonym)
Callyodon guttatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Junior synonym)
Callyodon speigleri Smith, 1956
(Junior synonym)
Hemistoma reticulata Swainson, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus californiensis Pellegrin, 1901
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus cantori Bleeker, 1861
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus flavipinnis De Vis, 1885
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus garretti Gunther, 1909
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus natalensis Gilchrist & Thompson, 1909
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus nudirostris Alleyne & Macleay, 1877
(Junior synonym)
Pseudoscarus papuensis Macleay, 1883
(Ambiguous synonym)
Scarus azureus Meek & Hildebrand, 1928
(Junior synonym)
Scarus dussumieri Valenciennes, 1840
(Junior synonym)
Scarus fehlmanni Schultz, 1969
(Junior synonym)
Scarus ghobban Forsskal, 1775
(Senior synonym)
Scarus guttatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Junior synonym)
Scarus haridoides Bleeker, 1855
(Junior synonym)
Scarus lacerta Valenciennes, 1840
(Junior synonym)
Scarus maculosus Lacepede, 1802
(Junior synonym)
Scarus magrathii Bennett, 1841
(Junior synonym)
Scarus noyesi Heller & Snodgrass, 1903
(Junior synonym)
Scarus pepo Bennett, 1830
(Junior synonym)
Scarus pyrrostethus Richardson, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Scarus pyrrostethus australianus Paradice, 1927
(Junior synonym)
Scarus scabriusculus Valenciennes, 1840
(Junior synonym)
Scarus toshi Whitley, 1933
(Junior synonym)
Scarus ghoban Forsskal, 1775

Common Name (s)
• Blue Barred Parrotfish (English)
• Yellowscale Parrotfish (English)
• Flame Parrotfish (English)
• Kalimeen (Tamil)
• Landae (Mahl)
• Chandi (Malayalam)
• Parrot Fish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium, marketed fresh or frozen, ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal
Trophic Level:  Primary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, sandstone reefs and other plants
Predator:  Plectropomus leopardus


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)
• Lakshadweep INDIA

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