Size8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.5 cm)
DietCrabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks
RangeWestern Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas to the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil
HabitatShallow coral and rocky reefs as well as in open areas
- 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.
- The eye is large, the white iris ringed with bright gold.
- 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 of the sailor’s grunt is large and the white iris is ringed with bright gold
- Feeds on crabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks.
- Feeds nocturnally
- 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.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- 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.