Striped grunts are native to the western Atlantic Ocean from South Carolina to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Bermuda. In these regions, grunts are commonly found in mangroves, reefs and seagrass beds.
This fish received the common name "grunt" due to the grunt-like sound produced when it grinds the teeth deep within its throat. It also uses those teeth to eat crustaceans, bivalves and various small fishes. Striped grunts forage for their food in seagrass and mangrove environments.
The striped grunt grows, on average, to about 12 to 14 inches long. See if you can spot these new additions in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!
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