Sailor’s grunt are pearly grey to silver fish with darker caudal, dorsal and pelvic fins. Nocturnal feeders, this grunt’s diet consists of crabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks. Sailor’s grunts can sometimes be found alone, but are usually encountered in small schools around shallow coral and rocky reefs.
  • Size

    8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.5 cm)
  • Diet

    Crabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks
  • Range

    Western Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas to the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil
  • Habitat

    Shallow coral and rocky reefs as well as in open areas

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • 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.

Body Composition

  • The eye is large, the white iris ringed with bright gold.

Color

  • Pearly grey to silver fish with darker caudal, dorsal and pelvic fins. Scales on the body will show a dark spot, forming broken stripes.

 

Animal Fact

The eye of the sailor’s grunt is large and the white iris is ringed with bright gold

Diet / Feeding

Diet

  • Feeds on crabs, brittle stars, urchins, worms and mollusks.

Feeding

  • Feeds nocturnally

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas to the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil.

Habitat

  • 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.

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.

Sources

  • www.fishbase.org
  • Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas. Humann, P. and DeLoach, N.
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