Commonly Asked Questions
Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
Range / Habitat
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic in Bermuda, South Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil and the West Indies to Central America.
- Found in shallow subtropical rocky substrate, coral reefs, under ledges or close to elkhorn coral in waters as deep as 197 feet (3-60 m).
- Predominantly silver-to-blue with plentiful bright yellow stripes. First three stripes extend straight across the body while the rest are diagonal.
- Average length is 6.7 inches (17 cm) with a maximum of 11.8 inches (30 cm).
Diet / Feeding
- Diet consists on small crustaceans, polychaetes and mollusks.
- Nocturnal feeder that scavenges sand flats and seagrass beds close to coral reefs.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Common name derived from fish’s ability to make sound by grinding its teeth.
- Juveniles abundant in seagrass beds of bays, lagoons and other coastal areas.
- Popular public aquarium fish.