St. Eustatius, The Blocks, 22-1-11 (source:Marion Haarsma)
Saltwaterfish. Grunts. They have a very high back profile and small eyes with white irises. The White Margate is the largest Grunts, growing to over two feet in length.
To be confused with
- Mutton Snapper, Lutjanus analis.
- Black Margate, Anisotremus surinamensis. (Smaller in size and yellow irises).
Size: 25 to 50 cm, max 60 cm.
Color: The body may look bright silver or dusky gray depending on light. The tail fin is also the dusky dark color with no maroon/red coloring at all.
Shape: They have a very high back profile and small eyes. They have a two section dorsal fin. The fore dorsal and the rear dorsal.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits coral reefs. Found cruising alone, but more often in pairs or schools, along sand flats and sea grass beds near patch reefs. The White Margate is the largest Grunts, growing to over two feet in length.
(Marion Haarsma, 2016)
- DeLoach, N., & Humann, P. (2002). Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 3th Edition. New World Publications, Inc.