Sailor's Grunt (Haemulon parra)

Also known as Album, Bastard Margaret, Dogfish, Sailor's Choice, Sand Grunt, Sweetlips

Description

Also known as Album, Bastard Margaret, Dogfish, Sailor's Choice, Sand Grunt, Sweetlips.

Found in schools during the day, dispersing at night to hunt for food, over open shallow coastal reefs.
They feed nocturnally on small fish and molluscs.
Juveniles over seagrass beds.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 3-30m
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/1139

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