French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)

Also known as Banana Grunt, Dogfish, Gold-laced Grunt, Open-mouthed Grunt, Redmouth Grunt, Sweetlips, Yellow Grunt

Description

Also known as Banana Grunt, Dogfish, Gold-laced Grunt, Open-mouthed Grunt, Redmouth Grunt, Sweetlips, Yellow Grunt.

Found in large schools during the day close to elkhorn corals and under ledges dispersing at night hunting for food over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on benthic crustaceans.
Juveniles over coastal seagrass beds.
Length - 26cm
Depth - 0-60m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

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/Haemulon-flavolineatum

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the French Grunt. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

French Grunt (Juvenile)

French Grunt (Juvenile)

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