White Grunt: Haemulon plumieri


Also known as a Key West grunt

  • Light bluish-gray body with touches of bronze or yellow, fading to a white belly Horizontal, narrow blue stripes on head, ending at operculum
  • Mouth is red and large
  • Preopercle with black blotch

Similar Species: Other grunt species

Size: Up to 18 inches 


Coastal to offshore waters; juveniles found inshore.


Make a grunting noise by grinding pharyngeal teeth together.

Feed on small fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 15 lb 8 oz, caught near Key West

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