Hello, my name is Skittles!
Common name: Rainbow Parrotfish
Scientific name: Scarus guacamaia
Who I’d like to meet:
I would like to meet a bunch of lady rainbow parrotfish that will be a part of my harem.
Who I would like to avoid:
Sharks, eels and other large/scary ocean predators. At night I will cover myself in mucus so I don’t have a scent and hide in the coral to avoid these predators.
<—-These guys will take a chunk outta you.
I would also like to avoid ***careless humans*** who do not care for the world’s coral reefs. The reef and I have a mutualistic relationship which means we both need each other to flourish and survive. Get yourself educated with the chart below and don’t be a jerk.
Friends: Coral Reefs, my one true love. <3
General: I enjoy eating algae and coral off of coral reefs which in return helps the reefs. I spend 90% of my day eating. I also grind up coral and small rocks while eating and later excrete it, creating sand. Creating this sand creates a biome in which corals can flourish. In other words, my poop makes beautiful beach sand.
Movies: My favorite movie is Planet Earth.
Television: I do not have a favorite TV show but I enjoy watching Earthjustice. I even stared in one of their episodes, “Coral and Parrotfish-A Love Story’. Check it out!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMcEztHmb1U
Books: The rainbow fish is my favorite book.
Hero: Myself, I am the hero of the world’s coral reefs. I “keep the coral reefs vibrant and full’ according to Pete Mumby, a professor at University of Queensland, Australia. See what he has to say about me here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aAfIlRjgk8
There are about 80 different species of parrotfish. Other parrotfish also help preserve coral reefs. Here I am with my buddy Twilight, the Midnight parrotfish taking a lunch break.
Life so far:
I spent the first portion of my life in the juvenile phase, all parrotfish are born as females. I have recently changed my sex from female to a terminal male because the recent male died in my harem and I was the largest, most dominant female. I will live to be 4-5 years old.
I’m here for:
Dating: I am looking for female rainbow parrotfish to be a part of my harem and eat algae off of coral with me.
Marital Status: Bachelor
Sexual Orientation: Interested in all of the lady rainbow parrotfish out there. Don’t be shy. 😉
Body Type: I am a male in my terminal phase. I was born as a female and became the dominant female in my harem. When the previous dominant male died I became the next dominant male. Before I was a male I was drab in color. I am now brightly colored. I also have a beak-like mouth to munch on algae and coral. I swim by using my pectoral fins to “row” around. If I need to swim faster I use my caudal fin.
Ethnicity: Scarus guacamaia
Religion: I believe in having as many females in my harem that I can breed with as possible. My reproductive mode is polygamous.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Children: All of the female fish in my harem have laid hundreds of eggs. However, most of these eggs will not develop into adult rainbow parrotfish.
Education: I am an expert in Coral Reef health and preservation.
Income: High. My job is to eat and I spend 90% of my day doing that (how cool is that?!).
Smoke/Drink: I do not smoke or drink, I’ll stick to algae and coral.
Schools/Education: My classroom is the coral reef.