Anisotremus virginicus

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Anisotremus virginicus
Anisotremus virginicus in Madagascar Reef.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
Genus: Anisotremus
A. virginicus
Binomial name
Anisotremus virginicus

Anisotremus virginicus, the porkfish, is a species of grunt native to the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Brazil and the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. This nocturnal species inhabits areas of reef or with rocky substrates at depths of from 2 to 20 metres (6.6 to 65.6 ft). It can reach a length of 40.6 centimetres (16.0 in) TL though most do not exceed 25 centimetres (9.8 in). It is of minor importance as a commercial food fish and is also popular as a game fish though it is reported to sometimes contain the ciguatera toxin. It is also a popular fish in public aquariums.[2]


Anisotremus from the Greek, anisos = unequal and from the Greek, trema, -atos = hole.[3]


  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "Anisotremus virginicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Anisotremus virginicus" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer. "Anisotremus virginicus (Linnaeus, 1758) Porkfish". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.

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