Tomtate: Haemulon aurolineatum


Also known as brown grunt.

  • Gray to tan on back, fading to a white or silvery belly
  • Yellow-brown stripe on side, extends from head to tail
  • Black spot at base of tail (faded in larger individuals)
  • Mouth lined with bright orange

Similar Species: Other grunt species 

Size: Up to 10 inches (1 pound) 


Coastal waters


Feed on invertebrates, plankton and algae.

Audible grunting is produced by grinding of the pharyngeal teeth, with air bladder acting as amplifier.

Additional Information

Easily caught on small hooks baited with squid or cut bait.

Recreational Regulations

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