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Redtail Parrotfish

Chlorurus japanensis

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The Red-tailed Parrotfish is widely distributed across the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Females are a solid dark-brown colour with a distinct red tail, while Males are bicoloured, with a bright yellow dorsal fin, blue-margined pale-yellow rear and a purplish-brown anterior with a yellow cheek.

Length: to 31cm.


Found on reef fronts and in sheltered seaward and lagoon reefs; depth 1-20m.

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In QLD, log this south of Cairns

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Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Stuart-Smith et al. 2015; Choat et al. 2012; Fishes of Australia; Reef Life Survey; CAAB; Australian Faunal Directory.

http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/393; http://reeflifesurvey.com/species/chlorurus-japanensis; http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/190719/0

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