Also known as Grunts, Dogfish, Open-mouthed Grunt, Banana Grunt, Gold Laced Grunt and Yellow Grunt.
Found in small to very large schools on rocky and coral reefs often close to Elkhorn Corals.
More wary than other sweetlips and will drift away from divers when approached.
They feed on fish and benthic crustaceans.
Length - 26cm
Depth - 3-18m
Widespread Western Atlantic & Caribbean
Sweetlips are usually found either singly or in groups hovering over the reef during the day. They are nocturnal predators feeding on fish and benthic crustaceans.
In some areas sweetlips are known as "Grunts" because they "grunt", the grunting sound is produced by their flat teeth plates rubbing together and this is amplified by their air bladders.
Sweetlips can be distinguished from other species by their very large rubbery lips.