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The dorsal profile is moderately arched on this deep-bodied grunt. The upper jaw of the bluestriped grunt reaches to below the center of the eye. Bluestriped grunts have scales that are enlarged above the lateral line, while scales below the lateral line are oblique. The head and body of the bluestriped grunt are yellow with narrow horizontal blue stripes. There is also a stripe with a distinctive arch under each eye. The spiny dorsal fin is yellow while the soft dorsal and caudal fins are dark and the anal fin is dusky yellow in color. The pelvic and pectoral fins are chalky in color. The inside lining of the mouth of the bluestriped grunt is a bright red.
Hunting Caye, Belize