Monday, October 17, 2011


Like other grunts, this species is a schooling fish often found in large groups around natural and artificial reefs.

Thin-bodied, the tomtate is silver-white for the most part and has a yellow-tan stripe in the length of its form, resolution in a gloom smear on the caudal peduncle. The pelvic and the butt-centric balances are yellowish. The within of the mouth is red.

Tomtate are bottom feeders that forage on worms, snails, shrimp, crabs, and amphipods; they are, in turn, food for various snapper, grouper, and mackerel.

Shallower Water

Tomtate prefer shallower water, from nearshore to outer reef areas, and rocky and sandy bottoms. Schools are commonly seen congregated around piers or docks. The tomtate is the most stretched out-going part of the snorts, a little species and one that is honestly tolerant of colder water.

It is not regularly gotten by fishers, but it is imperative as a rummage look for more vast species and could be utilized as snare. Fish are sexually develop at about 51/2 creeps, and spawning happens in the southeastern United States in the spring.


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