Scarus altipinnis

Mini-fin Parrotfish
Scarus altipinnis
Scarus altipinnis, female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Scarus altipinnis
Scarus altipinnis, male, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Scarus altipinnis, juvenile, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Scarus altipinnis, juvenile, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Scarus altipinnis
Scarus altipinnis
Scarus altipinnis
Scarus altipinnis


Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Extended fin rays in the middle of the dorsal fin and lunate tail in large males. Females with smaller white spots than in Chlorurus sordidus, which also have a longer snout with scribble markings, and narrower body. Female S. prasiognathos have more spots on body and markings on face, but very similar juveniles.


Max Size: 60 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-29.9°C

Depth: 1-50 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 17.26

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (26.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland