Haemulon parra

Common Name

Sailor's Choice

Year Described

Desmarest, 1823


Dorsal Fin: XII, 16-18 (usually 17-18)
Anal Fin: III, 8-9 (usually 8)
Gill Rakers: 21-24 (total on first arch)
Lateral Line Scales: 51-52

Preopercle not serrated. Soft dorsal and anal fins almost completely scaled. Scale rows under lateral line oblique to body axis. Pectoral fin scaled.


Body bright silvery. Top of head dusky. Body scale with dark centers, forming oblique stripes on the body. Pelvic and anal fins dusky with pale anterior margins. Dorsal and caudal fins black.


Common to 30cm TL. Maximum size to 40cm TL.


Coastal areas, over soft bottoms, and around patch reefs (to 40m). Often forms small groups.


Florida to Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea.


Lindeman, K.C. 2002. Haemulidae (pp. 1522-1550). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5. FAO of the U.N., Rome.