Corocoro (Orthopristis ruber)

Also known as Bronze-striped Grunt, Corocoro Grunt, Spotted Pigfish, Sweetlips

Description

Also known as Bronze-striped Grunt, Corocoro Grunt, Spotted Pigfish, Sweetlips.

Found singly or in small schools during the day close to shelter, out hunting for food at night over mud, rock and sandy bottoms of coastal waters.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, fish, invertebrates molluscs and worms.
Juveniles found in seagrass beds.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 1-70m
Widespread Western Atlantic

In some areas of the world 'Grunts' are better known as 'Sweetlips' distinguished from other species by their very large rubbery lips.
'Grunts'because they "grunt," the grunting sound is produced by their flat teeth plates rubbing together and this is amplified by their air bladders.
Found either singly or in schools hovering or motionless over the reef during the day, becoming nocturnal predators. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/1145

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