Size6.7 inches (17 cm)
DietSmall crustaceans, polychaetes and mollusks
RangeWestern Atlantic ocean
HabitatShallow subtropical rocky substrate, coral reefs, under ledges or close to elkhorn coral
- Average length is 6.7 inches (17 cm) with a maximum of 11.8 inches (30 cm).
- Predominantly silver-to-blue with plentiful bright yellow stripes. First three stripes extend straight across the body while the rest are diagonal.
The french grunt is most active at night, when it will scour seagrass beds for food.
- Diet consists on small crustaceans, polychaetes and mollusks.
- Nocturnal feeder that scavenges sand flats and seagrass beds close to coral reefs.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic in Bermuda, South Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil and the West Indies to Central America.
- Found in shallow subtropical rocky substrate, coral reefs, under ledges or close to elkhorn coral in waters as deep as 197 feet (3-60 m).
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Common name derived from fish’s ability to make sound by grinding its teeth.
- Juveniles abundant in seagrass beds of bays, lagoons and other coastal areas.
- Popular public aquarium fish.