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Species: Haemulon boschmae, Bronzestripe Grunt

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narrow stripes along scale rows (oblique above, horizontal below); C base - dark spot
juv: middle & top stripes join under D, C base - double spot
scale rows below LL horizontal

Haemulon boschmae (Metzelaar, 1919)

Bronzestripe Grunt

Body oblong, moderately elongate, compressed; body depth 26-30% of SL; head blunt, its upper profile convex; rear margin of bone under eye concealed by scales; mouth small to moderate, lips not fleshy; underside of chin with 2 large pores and a central groove; preoperculum finely serrated, without spines; gill rakers 30-36; dorsal fin continuous, with small to moderate notch in middle, XIII-XIV, 11-15; anal rays III, 7-9, 2nd and 3rd spines similar; tail forked; soft dorsal and anal densely scaled nearly to the edge of the fin; scales rough; scales over entire body and head except front of snout, lips and chin; pectoral fin scaled on base only; lateral-line scales 50-52; scale rows below lateral line mostly horizontal to body axis.

Adult: silvery to silvery grey; sides with narrow brownish stripes along scale rows, horizontal above lateral line, oblique below front part of line; an elongate black spot at base of caudal fin; fins grey; inside mouth white. Juvenile: 3 brownish-orange stripes: one along upper head and back to end of dorsal fin base, one above eye back along lateral line converging with midlateral stripe under soft dorsal; mid-lateral stripe joins a double black spot at base of tail fin.

Size: attains 20 cm.

Habitat: forms schools above the bottom in sandy areas adjacent to reefs.

Depth: 1-90 m.

The southern Gulf of Mexico to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 90