Tomtate Grunt (Haemulon aurolineatum)

Also known as Caesar, Gold-lined Grunt, Redmouth Grunt, Sandy Goggle, Seize, Sweetlips, Toctoc, Tomtate, White Grunt, Yellow Tomtate, Yellow-lined Tomtate, Young Grunt

Description

Also known as Caesar, Gold-lined Grunt, Redmouth Grunt, Sandy Goggle, Seize, Sweetlips, Toctoc, Tomtate, White Grunt, Yellow Tomtate, Yellow-lined Tomtate, Young Grunt.

Found in schools close to shelter during the day, out hunting for food at night over sand flats, patch reefs and seagrass beds of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on algae, small crustaceans, fish, benthic invertebrates and plankton.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 0-30m
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/1128

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 Tomtate Grunt. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Tomtate (Juvenile)

Tomtate (Juvenile)

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