This is the initial phase, which although common has not been reported in the Gulf of Mexico according to Humann's Fish Identification. Photo credit:İMark Bryant.
Here is a color change for the initial phase, which seems much different, but has the red ventral and anal fins, and as the ReefNet CD explains, can be identified in the parrot family through the process of elimination. Photo credit:İMark Bryant.
This photo was included here to show the terminal phase, which is uncommon, but may also be present in our area. Photo credit:İLes Wilk.
The first two photographs were used by permission from member Mark Bryant. The third photograph was used by permission of ReefNet Software from their excellent Fishes of the Caribbean and Adjacent Waters fish ID CD-ROM.