Bluestriped Grunt

Latin Name:  Haemulon sciurus

An often seen reef inhabitant, the bluestriped grunt can be seen schooling with dozens of others near natural and artificial structure. In the grunt family (Family Haemulidae) this species is aptly named for its distinctive blue horizontal stripes running the length of its body. These fish typically hunt for crustaceans and bivalves and can be found from Florida to Brazil, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. They are generally on the smaller size only reaching about 10 inches and about 1.5 pounds.