Image: Bumphead Parrotfish pharyngeal bone

Bumphead Parrotfish pharyngeal bone

The upper pharyngeal bone of a Bumphead Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) found on a sugar cane farm in Mossman, northern Queensland (about 7 km from the ocean).

Megan Fisher
© Megan Fisher


The portion with teeth measures 6.4 cm x 1.9 cm. The large teeth are approximately 1 cm x 0.3 cm, the middle teeth are approximately 0.7 cm x 0.3 cm and the largest of the little round teeth are approximately 0.2 cm diameter."

Thank you to Professor David Bellwood, of James Cook University for identifying the bone.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Bolbometopon muricatum, Bumphead Parrotfish, pharyngeal bone, upper, Labridae,