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Tomtate

Haemulon aurolineatum

Grunt Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Tomtate


Common Name(s):
Brown Grunt, Jeniguano, Cuji
Description:
White or silvery with a prominent brown or yellow stripe running from gill to tail. Thinner stripes may also be present.
Similar Fish:
Other Grunts
Feeding Habits:
Tomtates feed on worms, invertebrates, and plankton.
Range:
Most of Florida and the Bahamas.
Habitat:
Inshore patches and offshore reefs of South Florida and the Bahamas; mostly offshore farther north.
Typical Size:
Usually about 6 inches; seldom larger.
World Record: