Striped grunt

Striped grunt
Striped grunt
Haemulidae (Grunts & Margates)
Haemulon striatum
31 to 60 ft
Adults are more slender and sleek than other grunts but the body is less compressed or flattened. The snout is short and pointed and the mouth is relatively small. There are 5-6 copper/brown stripes running the length of the body. Early juveniles are elongate with a short and faint upper eye stripe and a very pale spot at the base of the tail. The striped grunt grows to a length of 11 inches (28 cm). The striped grunt is found throughout the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands, however it is only seldom observed as it inhabts deeper out reefs at depths of 40 - 120 feet (12-36 m). It becomes more abundant with depth. The striped grunt feeds on plankton.

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