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Tomtate: Haemulon aurolineatum

Appearance:

  • Body gray to tan on back, fading to a white or silvery belly
  • Yellow-brown stripe extending length of body from snout to tail
  • Typically with another narrow yellow-brown stripe above lateral line extending from nape to end of second dorsal fin
  • Large black spot at base of tail (can be faded in larger individuals)
  • Inside of mouth lined with bright orange or red
  • Young have several dark brown stripes extending the length of the upper body

Habitat:

Common on offshore reefs and coastal waters

Behavior:

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

Fishing Tips and Facts:

  • Sizes up to 10 inches
  • Feed on invertebrates, small fishes, and zooplankton
  • Easily caught on small hooks baited with squid or cut bait

Additional Information

Similar species include other grunts


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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