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| Common names: parrotfish (English), loro (Espanol) |
Scarus compressus (Osburn & Nichols, 1916)
Body relatively deep and compressed; adults with slight hump on forehead; teeth fused into a beak with two broad joined plates on each jaw, outer surface of plates smooth, not covered by lips; 1-2 canines on rear side of top jaw; dorsal rays IX,10; anal rays III, 9; pectoral rays 14, 12 branched; tail fin straight to slightly concave in adults; scales large, smooth, 3 rows on cheek, upper 2 rows with 5-6 (usually 6) scales, lower row 0-2 (usually 1) scales; 6 scales on center of nape before dorsal fin; lateral line in 2 sections.
IP: brownish head and front half of the body, with a blue-green tint on the rear half of the body; darker brown lines radiate from eye; several vertical rows of grey spots forming diffuse bars on flank; TP males: mainly green with orange-brown scale outlines, snout green, with green irregular spoke-like bands radiating from eye; juvenile as with IP, but lacking blue-green tint to rear of body.
Size: grows to at least 60 cm.
Habitat: occurs on rock or coral reefs.
Depth: 3-25 m.
The central Gulf of California to Ecuador; the Revillagigedos, Cocos and the Galapagos.