SizeUp to 18 inches (46 cm)
DietCrustaceans, bivalves and small fishes
HabitatCoral and rocky reefs and drop-offs
- Reaches a maximum length of about 18 inches (46 cm). The maximum published weight is 1.7 lbs. (0.8 kg).
- Has a yellow head and body with narrow horizontal blue stripes along the head and length of its body. It has a blue stripe under the eye that has a distinctive arch. Its dorsal fin is spiny and yellow.
- The caudal, or tail, fin is black, which easily distinguishes it from the similar-appearing French grunt, whose tail is yellow.
The bluestriped grunt frequently steals the eggs of damselfish.
- Diet consists of crustaceans, bivalves and occasionally on small fishes.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Florida to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
- Depth range of about 100 feet (30.5 m).
- Found over coral and rocky reefs and drop-offs.
- Juveniles are abundant in Thalassia, or turtle grass seagrass beds.
- Oviparous, or egg-laying, with distinct pairing during breeding.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Congregates in small to midsized schools that are usually found near drop-offs and reefs, which provide structural protection.
- Schooling behavior is believed to confuse predators, protecting as many fish as possible within the school.
- Inactive schools seen during the day are taking a rest from the long nights of searching for food.
- Will hover in mid-water at cleaning stations. Observed opening its mouth to be cleaned by juvenile porkfish.
- The bluestriped grunt is a frequent thief of damselfish eggs.
- Reef Fish Behavior. Human, P. and Deloach, N., pgs. 44, 106, 107, 202
- Reef Fish Identification. Human, P. and Deloach, N., pg. 92