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The porkfish occurs in the western Atlantic from Florida to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. It is abundant in Florida, especially in the keys. This species is most commonly encountered in shallow, in-shore waters over reefs and rocky bottoms. Juveniles are common on seagrass beds. Adults can grow to 14 inches in length.
The porkfish is named for the grunting sound that it can make using its teeth and swim bladder. It is in the same family (Haemulidae) as the grunts, which are also known for producing this type of sound.
Watch for schools of these distinctively colored fish in the Ocean Voyager habitat.