A functional analysis of grazing in parrotfishes (family Scaridae): the ecological implications

  title={A functional analysis of grazing in parrotfishes (family Scaridae): the ecological implications},
  author={David R. Bellwood and John Howard Choat},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  • D. Bellwood, J. Choat
  • Published 1 August 1990
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
SynopsisThe assumption that parrotfishes represent a single group of grazing herbivores is addressed by morphological, functional and ecological analyses. This assumption is rejected. The 24 scarine parrotfishes from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, are divided into two functional groups: excavators and scrapers. The osteology and myology of the jaws of all 24 species were examined, and a detailed description of a representative species from each group is provided. The relative weights of the… 

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