It is a species belonging to the scaridae family. They occur most frequently from 0m to 20m, where they feed mostly on algae and small invertebrates and some crustaceans.
It is a fish that presents some amazing characteristics for several kinds of preparations. Their texture and flavor make it possible to fry, roast or boil it. In the past it was used in the same way as cod-fish: dried on the sun, after salt was applied.
However, their digestive tube is quite long, in order to digest the algae that they eat. So, like in many other fish, is very important to eviscerate and clean the abdominal wall.
If properly handled, it is one of the most interesting species to commercialize.