Scarus festivus Valenciennes, 1840
Festive parrotfish
Scarus festivus
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Scaridae (Parrotfishes), subfamily: Scarinae
 Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Lord Howe Island.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Adults identified by lines radiating from eyes, two of which running over the top of the head (Ref. 48636). Coloration changes slowly with growth. Males develop a distinctive lump on the forehead.
 Biology:  Found in clear lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602). Feeds on benthic algae (Ref. 3488). Uncommon (Ref. 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.06.92
 Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 21.05.13
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 18.12.96

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