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European or Mediterranean Parrotfish – Sparisoma cretense (female) In Spanish is known as &quot;la vieja&quot; (Old lady) and this is the female phase. I call it phase because females eventually become males, typical for parrotfishes. It is unusual that the female is more colorful than the male (next posting). <br />
Male: <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86836/european_or_mediterranean_parrotfish_sparisoma_cretense_male.html" title="European or Mediterranean Parrotfish &ndash; Sparisoma cretense (male)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2298/86836_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=E5bKHcgOzq2AmIRvKsjj5%2Bykpes%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="European or Mediterranean Parrotfish &ndash; Sparisoma cretense (male) This is one male, found sleeping, during a night dive. It is less colorful than the female phase.<br />
Female: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86835/european_or_mediterranean_parrotfish_sparisoma_cretense.html Geotagged,Spain,Sparisoma cretense,Spring" /></a></figure><br />
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European or Mediterranean Parrotfish – Sparisoma cretense (female)

In Spanish is known as "la vieja" (Old lady) and this is the female phase. I call it phase because females eventually become males, typical for parrotfishes. It is unusual that the female is more colorful than the male (next posting).
Male:

European or Mediterranean Parrotfish – Sparisoma cretense (male) This is one male, found sleeping, during a night dive. It is less colorful than the female phase.<br />
Female: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86835/european_or_mediterranean_parrotfish_sparisoma_cretense.html Geotagged,Spain,Sparisoma cretense,Spring

    comments (4)

  1. Vibrant! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 4 months ago
  2. Stunning what a colors, great shot Marta. Posted 22 days ago
    1. Thanks! They were on my list to photograph in the Canary Islands! They have very distinctive colors..almost like the Spanish Flag! But they are called "La Vieja" meaning the Old Lady because the male is grey and less pretty. I don't know why the name is in female terms, though :-D Posted 20 days ago

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The Mediterranean parrotfish is a species of parrotfish found at depths up to 50 m along rocky shores in the Mediterranean and the eastern Atlantic, from Portugal south to Senegal. It is generally common, but uncommon or rare in the northwestern Mediterranean and in the Adriatic Sea. It prefers relatively warm temperatures and there is an ongoing northward range expansion, probably because of global warming. The primary adult habitat is rocky reefs, especially in areas with macroalgae, but they.. more

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Uploaded Nov 22, 2019. Captured Apr 29, 2019 17:28 in Paseo Barrilla, 2, 35510 Tías, Las Palmas, Spain.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO200
  • 14.41mm