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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas to the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil.
  • Found around shallow coral and rocky reefs as well as in open areas at depths of 10 to 60 feet (3 to 18.3 m).
  • The juvenile is most often found in seagrass beds.

Physical Characteristics

  • Sailor’s grunt reaches a maximum size of 17 inches (43.2 cm), but lengths closer to 8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.5 cm) are more common.
  • Pearly grey to silver fish with darker caudal, dorsal and pelvic fins. Scales on the body will show a dark spot, forming broken stripes.
  • The eye is large, the white iris ringed with bright gold.

Diet / Feeding

  • Nocturnally feeds on crabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Sailor’s grunt is also known as sailor’s choice.
  • Usually encountered in small schools, but sometimes found alone.

Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas. Humann, P. and DeLoach, N.