Working in the Gulf, Heck and Fodrie netted 128,000 fish in 2006 and 2007 and compared the numbers of tropical fish in their trawl nets with records from the 1970s. They found a 22-fold increase in emerald parrot fish—a coral cleaner common in the Caribbean and the waters off Latin America—and new arrivals of snapper, grouper, butterfly fish, and surgeonfish, among others, they in 2009. and have also found northern Gulf waters increasingly comfortable, Heck said.
Parrot fish are brightly colored tropical marine fish
The Parrot Fish Family has about 80 species that inhabit tropical waters around the World. The above photo from Flying Fish Express is what some people call a Princess Parrot, Scarus taeniopterus. The photo from Brian Tissot's Marine Fishes of Hawai'i site is a Bullethead Parrot, Scarus sordidus.
Does my Blood Parrot have Ich? - Tropical Fish Keeping
The Blood Parrots are fish developed by breeders and hobbyists. Since they are a hybrid, they are domestic and only found in aquariums. There are no wild populations. They are also called the Bloody Parrot and Blood Parrotfish. Some varieties are described by their physical appearance such as the Love Heart Parrot, which has no tail fin.Dyed specimens are known as the Jellybean Parrot or Bubble Gum Parrot. These are albino or light colored Blood Parrots dyed to produce pinks, purples, blues, and other colors. Others are given names that describe them by their color such as Purple Parrot. Obtaining dyed specimens is not recommended and these fish often having a blotchy appearance. One reported method of coloring is done by injecting dye under the skin which then fades within a few months. Colorized fish in general are said to have health problems and often early deaths.Dr. Jungle asks..."Who's your daddy?"The Blood Parrot is said to have been bred in Taiwan and the suggested parents are Central and South American cichlids. But it is up to speculation which parents actually produced the Blood Parrot. There are two different sets of parents suggested as the cross which created these hybrids:First generation:The behavior of the Blood Parrot hybrids is peaceful and shy. This is a characteristic only found in the Severums from South America. The other three Central American cichlids are quite aggressive.Second generation:There may be other new varieties showing up down the road. In their book "Encyclopedia Of Exotic Tropical Fishes For Freshwater Aquariums", authors Glen S. Axelrod, Brian M. Scott, and Neal Pronek share the views of different hobbyists. They share that "some breeders argue that cross-breeding contributes to scientific knowledge of fish and their reproductive strategies, others believe it is arrogant and unethcal for humans to think they can improve on nature" and "there are over 20,000 known fish species already... so there is no need to create new ones". They also point out that problems can be created by exaggerating physical traits.
Stock Footage of girl enjoying views of tropical fish Yellow parrot.