Graysby

Graysby

Cephalopholis cruentata

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Graysbys are solitary and secretive, often hiding during the day.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Surviving through Adaptation

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Graysby

The graysby is light brown to gray in color, with small brown or red spots covering its body. An additional three to five spots often appear along the base of its dorsal fin.

This species of grouper is found in coral reefs, often hiding in caves and crevices. They are most active at night when they come out of their hiding spots to feed.

Diet

Graysbys feed on small fish and crustaceans such as crab and shrimp.

Size

The graysby can grow up to 16 inches.

Range

Its range includes the Western Atlantic Oceans from North Carolina to southern Florida, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Population Status

This species is not believed to be threatened.

Predators

Graysbys are preyed upon by large reef predators such as barracudas and sharks.

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A Note From the Caretaker

Our Graysby comes to the back wall of the exhibit and sits at the surface when I feed the tank. It waits for me to drop a piece of food in front of it, then snatches it up very quickly.