Xantic Sargo (Anisotremus davidsonii)

Also known as California Sargo, Sargo, Sweetlips


Also known as California Sargo, Sargo, Sweetlips.

Found singly, or in schools, close to shelter during the day, out at night foraging for food, over sandy bottoms, kelp and seagrass beds, of rocky coastal reefs.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, fish, and invertebrates.
Juveniles found in schools over tidepools.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 0-40m
Widespread Eastern Central Pacific

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/3568


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