These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish

Photo by Klaus Stiefel on Flickr (cc)

Photo by Klaus Stiefel on Flickr (cc)

As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground.

All right!
Stop whatcha doin’
’cause I’m about to ruin
the image of a fish that ya used to.
I look funny,
but yo I’m eatin’ corals, see
so yo reef I hope you’re ready for me.
Now gather round
I’m the new fish in town
and my foreheads bumped up all big and round

Photo by Thomas Hubauer on Flickr (CC)

Photo by Thomas Hubauer on Flickr (CC)

I’m eatin’ up all the corals ya got above the shelf
so just let me introduce myself
My name is Humpty, pronounced with a Umpty.
Yo ladies, oh how I like to hump thee.
And all the male rivals nearby allow me to bump thee.
I’m swimmin’ big, y’all,
and just like Humpty Dumpty
you’re gonna fall when my big head bumps thee.
I like to spawn,
I like my reefs comfy,
I’m spunky. I like my corals all lumpy.
Completely covered in scales, straight gangsta mack
but sometimes I get ridiculous
I’ll eat up the corals because I think their delicious

Photo by divemecressi on Flickr (CC)

Photo by divemecressi on Flickr (CC)

hey yo fish girl, c’mere-you wanna aggregate?
Yeah, my heads fat.
Look at me, I’m finny
It never stopped me from gettin’ busy
I’m a freak
I like the girls with head bumps
I once got busy near a coral reef stump
I’m crazy.
Allow me to amaze thee.
They say I’m ugly but it just don’t faze me.
I’m still attractin’ all these internet rants
and I even got my own dance

The Humphead Dance is your chance to do the hump
Do the Humpty Hump, come on and do the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, just watch this fish do the Humpty Hump
Do ya know what this fish doin’, doin’ the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump

Dr. M (1800 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


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