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Fourteen adult white grunt, Haemulon plumieri, were intermittently tracked, principally around dusk and dawn, using acoustic telemetry. Nine fish were tracked. The White Grunt, Haemulon plumieri. Illustration by Diana Rome Peebles Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of. including the tornIate, Hacinulon aurolineatwn, and the white grunt. H. plumieri, are among the most abundant fishes on reefs, live-bottom shelf areas, and in a.

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Material and Methods Specimens of H. Over sand, near coral, even the darkest spots may fade to a pale yellow color. The identification of sex was made after microscopic examination of the gonads, based on the germ cells observed.

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Morphometric and sex ratios A total of specimens of H. New Species of Haemulon Teleostei: White grunts reach sexual maturity is attained during the third year of life when males reach 7. The maximum size at pllumieri, in which almost all individuals reached maturity L 99 was equal to This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.

Females showed smaller amplitude, ranging from Grunts are easy to catch and have white meat that cooks well, so they are sometimes caught to be eaten. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was reviewed on 3 May by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by In the analysis of batch fecundity, it was estimated hasmulon ratio between the numbers of hydrated and mature oocytes in a histological cross section of individuals which had no post-ovulatory follicles Vazzoler, The white grunt spawns offshore, over hard bottoms or reefs.


Reproductive cycle and gonadal indices Although there were occurrences of maturing females throughout the year, the frequency of mature individuals was higher in March, April and May Figure 2. The white grunt is also collected for public aquarium displays. By using haemulin site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Large species of predatory fish such as barracuda and shark feed upon white grunts, as they haekulon abundant and school in fairly large numbers.

Entered by Froese, Rainer. Lacepede, a French naturalist. Since the changes were similar both in GI and seasonal pluumieri of maturation stages, it can be stated that the results are reliable. Haemulon plumieri white grunt San Salvador Island, Bahamas 2.

However, these values do not correspond to the first maturity size L plumieru Fecundity values varied between 17, andmature oocytes per female. Florida Marine Research Institute. Florida Museum of Natural History. Frequency of males white bar and females black bar of H. Reproductive activity of H.

Haemulon plumierii, White grunt : fisheries, gamefish, aquarium

Billings and Munro found an average fecundity similar to the present study. Studies have shown white grunt growth rates are most rapid during the first 30 days of life when average daily growth is. Retrieved from ” https: It is sometimes caught by anglers as a game fish and its white flesh can be eaten. We recommend a closed season from March to May and the setting of a minimum catch size of The pharyngeal teeth are well developed and used for producing the grunting sounds that gives this fish its common name.


Transferred from Flickr via Flickr2Commons. It was originally given the scientific name of Labrus plumieriibut changed by later workers to the current name of Haemulon plumieri. The Haemulon plumieri is a typical reef-associated and tropical species found in warm and temperate waters of the Western Atlantic.

Predators Snappers, groupers, lizardfishes, spanish mackerel, sharks and other large piscivores feed on the white grunt. The spinous dorsal fin is chalky to yellowish-white, the soft dorsal, soft anal, and caudal fins are brownish gray. There are no detailed observations on spawning behavior, however it has been observed that pairs of white grunts sometimes face and haemulom each other with open mouths.

White grunts commonly reach lengths of 17 inches 45 cm. Reproductive biology of Haemulon plumieri Teleostei: Differences in age and growth of white grunt from North Carolina and South Carolina compared with southeast Florida.

A total of specimens of H. Age and growth of white grunt Haemulon plumieri: Unlike groupers or snappers, grunts have a strong fixed lower jawbone.

The maximum reported length is 18 inches Food Habits The plumidri grunt feeds nocturnally, migrating off the reefs to open sandy, muddy, or grassy areas. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year