Haemulidae

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This article is about a family of fishes. For other uses of Grunt, see Grunt (disambiguation).
Grunts
Haemulon album.jpg
Haemulon album
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
T. N. Gill, 1885
Genera
Synonyms

Pomadasyidae

The grunts are a family, Haemulidae, of fishes in the order Perciformes. They are numerous and widespread, with about 150 species in 19 genera, found in tropical fresh, brackish, and salt waters around the world. They are bottom-feeding predators, and named for their ability to produce sound by grinding their teeth.[1] They also engage in mutualistic relationship with cleaner gobies of genus Elacatinus, allowing them to feed on ectoparasites on their bodies. [2]


Timeline[edit]

Quaternary Neogene Paleogene Holocene Pleist. Plio. Miocene Oligocene Eocene Paleocene Anisotremus Plectorhinchus Brachydeuterus Xenistius Pomadasys Parapristopoma Orthopristis Isacia Quaternary Neogene Paleogene Holocene Pleist. Plio. Miocene Oligocene Eocene Paleocene

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, G.D. & Gill, A.C. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 184. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Ivan Sazima, Cristina Sazima, Ronaldo B. Francini-Filho, Rodrigo L. Moura (September 2000). "Daily cleaning activity and diversity of clients of the barber goby, Elacatinus figaro, on rocky reefs in southeastern Brazil". Environmental Biology of Fishes 59 (1): 69–77. doi:10.1023/a:1007655819374. 10.1023/A:1007655819374. 

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