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Scientific name: Pomadasys olivaceum
Common name: Pinky grunter
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Actinopterygii Neoptrygii Perciformes Percoidei Haemulidae Not defined Pomadasys Pomadasys olivaceum



Short Description:

The piggy is one of the smallest elongate members of the familyand has a somewhat short snout.the overall body colour is silvery olive-grey but  pinkish above and pale below.the is a distinctive black spot on the gill coversthe fins are translucent to dusky but can be slightly yellowish

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15 - 17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11 - 13
Size: 250mm 
Behaviour: Juveniles form largearound shallow reef and migrate to deeprer waters when mature
Diet: Small shrimp,octopusses,flatworms and hydrozoa
Distribution: Southeast Atlantic: north of Swakopmund, Namibia to the  Indian Ocean: east coast of Africa  
Depth: 1-30m 
Habitat: Shallow reefs. 
Similar Species:

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-02-22 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 17 25cm 5m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Sharon Clark-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-01-16 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 14 250mm 10m Canon Powershot A70 photo
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