Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


Anisotremus davidsoni


Fun Facts

    The sargo is the largest of the Pacific grunts.

    This species is now established in the Salton Sea.




The sargo is a type of grunt that lives in kelp forests and along rocky reefs.  Sargo occur from Central California to southern Baja Mexico. The body is brassy, gray, or silvery above, with a silver belly and sides. A prominent dark, vertical bar occurs from the dorsal fin to pectoral area. The upper gill cover and part of pectoral fin base is edged in black. Juveniles have several dark stripes and bars. They grow to about 24 inches (60 cm) long.

Sargo feed on a variety of crustaceans, mollusks, and bryozoans. This species reproduces by spawning (release of egg and sperm into the water column).

Sargo are usually found at the Aquarium in tank number 21 and 33 and the Tidepool Touch Tank.