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Species: Haemulon striatum, Striped Grunt

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5 yellow/bronze stripes, fins clear
juv: middle stripe short; C base - indistinct oval spot
D XIII, 13-14 (12-15)
A 8 (7-9)
scale rows below LL oblique

Haemulon striatum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Striped Grunt

Body elongate, only slightly compressed; body depth 26-32% of SL; head blunt, its upper profile slightly convex; snout short; eyes near mouth; 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 28-34; dorsal fin continuous, with small to moderate notch in middle, rays XIII, 13-14 (12-15); anal rays III, 8 (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 51-53; scale rows below lateral line oblique to body axis.

Adult: grey to bluish above, silvery on belly; snout sometimes yellow; 5 bronze to brown stripes along upper 2/3 of head and body; fins clear to chalky; inside mouth red. Juvenile: two long dark stripes + short thin dark stripe from top rear of eye; a faint (or absent) oval dark spot on tail-fin base.

Size: attains 28 cm.

Habitat: forms schools over shelf edge reefs.

Depth: 1-210 m.

Georgia to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Atlantic + Indo-West Pacific Oceans
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 210