Scientific name Anisotremus virginicus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Haemulidae
Genus Anisotremus
Anisotremus virginicus Anisotremus virginicus


Anisotremus virginicus, commonly known as porkfish, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the porkfish ?

The porkfish measures between 25 and 40 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly argent, noir and or body. The also has jaune horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

This species is known to emit sounds easily audible by humans.

The porkfish is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

The porkfish is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The porkfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    2 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The porkfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope


Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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