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)
Feed on invertebrates, plankton and algae.
Audible grunting is produced by grinding of the pharyngeal teeth, with air bladder acting as amplifier.