Haemulon steindachneri

Common Name

Latin Grunt

Year Described

Jordan & Gilbert, 1882


Dorsal Fin: XII, 15-17 (usually 16)
Anal Fin: III, 8-9 (usually 9)
Gill Rakers: 22-25 (total on first arch)
Lateral Line Scales: 51-52

Soft dorsal and anal fins almost completely scaled. Scale rows under lateral line oblique to body axis. 25-26 scales around caudal peduncle.


Body and head silvery with narrow oblique dusky stripes above the lateral line and slightly oblique to horizontal stripes below it. Dusky stripes are similar in width to interspaces. Some yellow markings on head and on eye. A large dark blotch on the caudal peduncle and base of tail. All fins pale to dusky.


Common to 20cm TL. Maximum size to 30cm TL.


Coastal over soft and hard bottoms, from the shore to 30m. Rarely over coral reefs. Often forms small schools.


Guatemala to Brazil.


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.