Latin name

Haemulon flavolineatum

Other names

Spanish: ronco amarillo.


Its coloring is white to bluish or yellowish, with bright-yellow stripes. The stripes set below the lateral line are diagonal. There are yellow spots on the bottom of the head. The fins are yellow, and the inside of the mouth is blood red. It has 14 to 15 dorsal rays, 8 anal rays, and 16 to 17 pectoral rays.


The French grunt is abundant in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. It is also found in the waters of South Carolina, Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, and as far south as Brazil.


Preferring shallower water close to shore, the French grunt inhabits coastlines and deeper coral reefs in depths from 12 to 60 feet. Grunt populations are less prominent around islands lacking large expanses of grassbeds and sand flats.


The average length is 6 to 10 inches, can be as long as 12 inches.

Life history and Behavior

Fish drift in small or large groups that can number in the thousands. They move in the shade during the day. Juveniles hide in grass beds in bays, lagoons and coastal waters.

Food and feeding habits

They dig crustaceans on sandbanks and herbs near reefs.


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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Perciformes
Family Haemulidae
Genus Haemulon
Species H. flavolineatum
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 30
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Bentophage

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