Bastard Grunt – Pomadasys incisus

The Bastard Grunt is a species in the large clade of Percomorpha and thus belongs to the superclass of the bony fish.

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Bastard Grunt – Pomadasys incisus


The Bastard Grunt has a elongated, high-backed body with a silver colour. Its fins are intense yellow and the mouth is relatively small. It reaches a maximum length of 50cm.

Habitat and Distribution

The Bastard Grunt lives above rocky or sandy ground, in a depth down to 100m. It is usually to be found near reefs or wrecks.

When diving in the Canaries you can observe it quiet frequently. It belongs to the group of the 20 most seen marine species in the Canary Islands.

Pomadasys incisus is also spread in the eastern Atlantic from the Strait of Gibraltar to Angola, including the surrounding islands, such as Madeira. There are also reports of sightings at the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy.


Pomadasys incisus forms compact swarms in protected reef areas, which dissolve at night for feeding. Their diet consists of small invertebrates.

For reproduction, they go to estuaries or lagoons. It can take place all year round and therefore is not seasonal.

Pomadasys incisus acquires maturity at about 2 years and its maximum proved age is 7 years.

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