Scarus globiceps

Violetline Parrotfish
Scarus globiceps
Scarus globiceps, male, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Scarus globiceps
Scarus globiceps, female, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Scarus globiceps
Scarus globiceps, male, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Scarus globiceps
Scarus globiceps
Scarus globiceps


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pink/purple bridle over face, through eye, finishing at pectoral fin, lower than in S. frenatus. Also has fine light spots on body scales, rather than maze-like markings, and 2 stripes along underside. Tail not strongly lunate. Females light and non-descript, but identified by body shape, pair of light stripes on underside, and presence of a male.


Max Size: 27 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-30.6°C

Depth: 1-30 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 10.61

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: Infrequent (8.8% 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 (4 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