Scaridae is a family of brightly colored, mainly tropical marine fish commonly known as parrotfish. They have a distinctive beak-like mouth, with a sharp cutting plate on the upper jaw and a set of molar-like teeth on the lower jaw. They range in size from 10 cm to 1 m in length. They inhabit coral reefs and rocky areas in shallow waters, and feed on algae and other plant material. Their lifespan is typically 5-10 years, and their current population is stable.
Name Origin: Scaridae is a family of marine fish commonly known as parrotfish. The name is derived from their bright colors and the shape of their teeth, which resemble a parrot's beak. The family was first described by French naturalist Bernard Germain de Lacépède in 1798.
Related Species: Sparisoma, Scarus, Calotomus, Chlorurus, Paracanthurus, Acanthurus