Parrotfishes

Mickey

Long Time Lurker
Manhattan Reefs
Location
Cheshire, CT
Why are parrotfishes considered herbivores when they eat mostly coral polyps and take chunks out of the skeleton? They have the ability to dissolve the Calcium Carbonate internally.

Do they just take bites out of corals in an effort to get the algae and the coral tissue is just coincidental?

Mickey
 
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