The French grunt occurs in the Western Atlantic from Bermuda, South Carolina (USA), northern Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Brazil. It occurs in large schools on rocky and coral reefs to depths of 60 m (197 ft). Juveniles are abundant in nearshore seagrass beds. Maximum reported size is 30.0 cm (11.9 in) TL (male).
South Atlantic Federal Regulations
(For areas ranging from three to 200 miles off the coasts of NC, SC, GA, and East Florida)
Note: Effective April 16, 2012, French grunt have been removed from the snapper grouper management complex and federal regulations are no longer in effect for this species. See Fishery Bulletin
State regulations may apply: