Grunts belong to the Haemulidae family. Their moniker or sobrquet is ‘ sweetlip’  because of their prominent thick lips. The grunt reference alludes to their ability to produce grunt-like noises.

The sweetlips are nocturnal, meaning its active during the night. During the day the sweetlips finds refuge in rubble areas and coral caves. The young grunt is in essence solitary but once having reached the adult state they are part of larger schools. Sweetlips are colourful and their colouration changes with growth. During the day they hover over under or near overhangs or tubular corals. Many school during the day and disperse to feed on invertebrates at night.

Family Members

Black-Spotted Sweetlip

Size up to 45 cm (1,47ft). Depth up to 55m (180ft)

The black-spotted grunt or sweetlip has a silvery and white toned, tapering and stout body, dotted with black spots. It has yellow fins and a yellow mouth. It grows to 45 cm in length and frequents coralline bottoms at depths not exceeding 55 meters. The grunt likes to find comfort in sandy lagoons and estuaries. This sweetlip is primarily nocturnal, feeding on fish  and crustaceans and finds shelter in small groups in coral hide-outs during the day.

Other Family Members

Gibbus Sweetlips

Minstrel Sweetlips

Netted Sweetlips

Slate Sweetlips

Small-Spotted Grunt