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Pigfish: Orthopristis chrysoptera

Appearance:

Also known as a grunt.

  • Mottled light brown or gray body, often with a bluish tint
  • Many small orange and blue markings on body
  • Small mouth ends below front nostril

Similar Species: Pinfish, L. rhomboides (has incisorlike teeth; mouth ends behind front nostril); other grunt species 

Size: Up to 15 inches 

Habitat:

Coastal waters

Behavior:

Feed on small fishes and invertebrates.

Audible grunting is produced by grinding of the pharyngeal teeth, with air bladder acting as amplifier.

Additional Information

Popular as bait.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Otoliths, commonly known as "ear stones," are hard, bone-like structures located directly behind the brain of bony fishes. These structures aid fish in balance and hearing.

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