Pigfish (Orthopristis chrysoptera)

Also known as Cuban Grunt, Hogfish, Piggy Perch, Redmouth Grunt, Sailor's Choice, Sweetlips

Description

Also known as Cuban Grunt, Hogfish, Piggy Perch, Redmouth Grunt, Sailor's Choice, Sweetlips.

Found in schools close to shelter during the day, out hunting for food at night over mud and sandy bottoms of coastal waters
They feed nocturnally on benthic crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 1-20m
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/5

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