French grunt

French grunt
French grunt
Haemulidae (Grunts & Margates)
Haemulon flavolineatum
0 to 60 ft
The body is whitish to silvery blue with diagonal yellow stripes below the lateral line. Above the lateral line, the stripes are horizontal. All of the fins are yellow. The early juvenile stage has a short upper eye stripe. The tail spot is well defined and may look somewhat like a sideways figure eight. The French grunt grows to a length of about 1 foot (30 cm). The French grunt is very common throughout Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It inhabits coral reefs at depths between 5-60 feet (1.5-18 m). It drifts around the reef in groups ranging from a few individuals to several hundred, often hovering in the shade of large coral heads. It often mixes with other species of grunts and snappers. French grunts and other grunt species are sometimes seen "kissing" each other! A pair will come face to face and press their open mouths together. The purpose of this behavior is not understood.

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