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Species: Haemulon steindachneri, Chere-chere grunt, Latin grunt

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silver + oblique brown lines
fins yellowish
black blotch on C base
7-9 scale rows LL to D origin

Haemulon steindachneri (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Latin grunt, Chere-chere grunt

Body oblong, compressed; mouth short, ~ horizontal, opens well below eye-level, lips not fleshy; underside of chin with 2 large pores, 2 pores in a deep hole, and a central groove; gill rakers 19-25 (usually 23); preoperculum finely serrated, without spines; dorsal continuous, with small to moderate notch in middle, XI-XII, 15-17 (usually XII, 16); anal rays III, 8- 10 (usually 9); tail forked; soft dorsal and anal densely scaled nearly to the edge of the fin; lateral-line scales 49-53; scales above the lateral line in lines oblique to body axis; 7-9 scale rows between lateral line and 1st  dorsal spine.

Silvery to silvery grey; sides with narrow oblique brownish bars corresponding with scale rows; a prominent black spot at base of caudal fin; fins yellowish; juveniles with brownish-orange midlateral stripe with pearly-white upper and lower border converging with black spot at base of tail fin, also 2-3 diffuse brownish-orange stripes on back.

Size: attains 30 cm.

Habitat: forms schools in sandy areas adjacent to reefs; juveniles also found in mangroves.

Depth: 1-75 m.

Western Atlantic and eastern Pacific; southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru; strays to Cocos Is.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Mangrove
  • Estuary
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • New world (East Pacific + West Atlantic)
  • All species
  • Transisthmian (East Pacific + Atlantic of Central America)
  • East Pacific + Atlantic (East +/or West)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 75