Orthopristis ruber

Common Name

Corocoro Grunt

Year Described

Cuvier, 1830

Identification

Dorsal Fin: XII, 13-15
Anal Fin: III, 9-11
Gill Rakers: 15 (lower limb of first arch)
Lateral Line Scales: 52-55

Body moderately elongate with a slightly convex forehead profile. Mouth small. Preopercle finely serrate. Dorsal and anal fins with scales on spiny portion but no scales on soft portion. There are 8 scale rows above the lateral line at the first dorsal spine and 15 below it.

Color

Body silvery blue with numerous brassy to bronze spots on the body and upper head. Usually with an obvious bronze lateral stripe from snout to caudal fin. Can display indistinct dusky body bars. Fins pale to dusky.

Size

Maximum size to 40cm TL.

Habitat

Coastal waters over hard and soft bottoms. Also found in estuarine areas.

Range

Continental coasts from Honduras to Brazil.

References

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.