Atlantic porkfish inhabit shallow coastal areas near reefs and rocky substrate.
Did you know?
Porkfish are a type of grunt, who get their name from their ability to make a grunting sound by rubbing their teeth together.
This species spawns year-round in Jamaica.
This species is a common prey item for the invasive lionfish.
Form & Function
The porkfish is a deep-bodied fish with bright yellow fins. The body is silver with yellow longitudinal stripes and two vertical black bars near the head. In addition to a diet consisting of invertebrates, porkfish are also considered a cleaner fish because they pick parasites, algae, and dead tissue from other fishes.
Conservation & YOu
Least Concern (IUCN) Because reefs around the world are under threat due to a changing environment, porkfish are susceptible to habitat loss. You can help the Atlantic Porkfish by helping to promote reef conservation and habitat protection.