Trigger, surgeon, and parrot fish

Trigger and file fish:

White-spotted filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus

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Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus

scrawled filefish

The white-spotted filefish can change its color pattern in a few seconds.

Surgeon fish:

Ocean surgeonfish, Acanthurus bahianus

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Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus

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Blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus

blue tang

The projections at the base of the tail are as sharp as scalpels, so these are called surgeonfish.

Parrotfish:

Princess parrotfish, Scarus taeniopterus (male)

male princess parrot fish

Stoplight parrotfish, Sparisoma viride (male)

male stoplight parrotfish

Called parrotfish because their teeth are fused into a strong beak for biting off coral.

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