Anisotremus interruptus (Gill, 1862)
Burrito grunt
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Haemulidae (Grunts), subfamily: Haemulinae
Max. size:  51 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3,570.0 g
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 30 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.
Diagnosis:  Body compressed and deep (depth contained 2.0 to 2.1 times in standard length); mouth small and terminal with thick, fleshy lips; dorsal fin with 12 to 13 spines and 16 to 17 soft rays (XII-XIII, 16-17); pectoral fins slightly longer than head, reaching origin of anal fin; lateral line with 46 to 50 scales; scale series above lateral line oblique; body silvery yellow to green; large scales above lateral line with a dark anterior border, resembling spots; fins yellowish brown (Ref. 55763).
Biology:  Solitary and found hiding in reefs and caves during the day (Ref. 9114). Juveniles appear in late summer and swim in schools. A nocturnal feeder on reef invertebrates (Ref. 9114). Marketed fresh (Ref. 9114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 May 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.08.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09

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