Pigfish: Orthopristis chrysoptera


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 


Coastal waters


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

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