Parrot fish behavior

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I would like to teach the class about the behavior of parrot fish because they are an interesting part of coral reef ecology. This includes their feeding behavior, sex characteristics, sleeping behavior, as well as their effect on the parasitic community. They are a very interesting fish that actually sleep in a mucous ball during the night. These fish have always facinated me since I started my undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and I hope to make everyone else just as facinated.

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