Grunt, Bluestriped

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Grunt, Bluestriped

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Scientific Name

Haemulan sciurus

Common Names

Blue grunt, Yellow grunt, Ronco amarillo, Sweetlips


The Bluestriped Grunt takes its name from its yellow body with many blue stripes across it. In addition to this the tail and dorsal fins often appear a darker yellow to brown color with all other fins a yellow color.

Habitat & Behaviour

Bluestriped Grunt can be found at home in coral reefs in medium to large schools. Though actively mainly through the night feeding on the bottom of reefs, the Bluestriped Grunt will also feed during the day on targets of opportunity. Besides reefs juveniles can be found in sandy bottoms or bottoms with lots of vegetation near shorelines.

Natural Prey

Bluestriped Grunts feed mainly on shrimp and other small invertebrates and crustaceans.

Handling Tips

Sharp gill plate – can easily be handled by grabbing by back of head or underneath, keep fingers away from their mouth and small teeth. Net them and grab behind head, spines are not a major cause of concern.