Poisson porc des Caraïbes  - Aquarium La Rochelle


Anisotremus virginicus
Conservation status :

Not evaluated

  • Group
  • Size
    25 centimetres
  • Distribution area

    This fish is found in the Western Atlantic, from Florida to Brazil. It is common to the Virgin Islands, earning its French nickname of the 'virgin grunt'.

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To defend their territory, porkfish face their aggressors, opening their mouths whose bright red interiors serve as a warning.

Porkfish, also known as « grunts », can make grunting noises by rubbing their pharyngeal teeth together. Those sounds are then amplified by their gas bladder.


Young porkfish act as cleaners for other species, ridding them of their external parasites. They tend to flock to mangroves. The adults feed on invertebrates like worms, molluscs and crustaceans.



« This species is reared at La Rochelle Aquarium. More than 300 bred individuals have been placed in the shark pool and now cohabitate with its occupants. »

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