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common name for members of the family Haemulidae, carnivorous fish of warm seas, most species of which are small and brightly colored. They are sound-producers, creating their noises by grinding their pharyngeal teeth together. Croakerscroaker,
member of the abundant and varied family Sciaenidae, carnivorous, spiny-finned fishes including the weakfishes, the drums, and the kingcroakers (or kingfish). The croaker has a compressed, elongated body similar to that of the bass.
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, which belong to another family, are also sound-producing fish. Grunts are bottom-feeders with large mouths vividly colored in red or orange on the inside. The common, or white, grunt is a favorite food fish found on shallow sandy bottoms from the West Indies to the Carolinas; it averages 1 ft (30 cm) in length and 1 lb (.5 kg) in weight. The many species abundant off the Florida coasts include the margate, blue-striped, and gray grunts and the colorful porkfish, with a blue-striped yellow body and black head-bands. The California sargo is common along the Pacific coast and the commercially important pigfish is found from Long Island Sound to Texas. Grunts are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Haemulidae.

grunt

any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt), that utter a grunting sound when caught
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He sounded like a chainsaw starting up when he grunted.
If it worked, the buck would become the fifth I had grunted into bow range during the past several years.
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I grunted with my call, but he kept on marching, more interested in the does than in some unseen buck in the treetops.
But then, as they turned at an intersection to go down another trail, I imagined myself as an angry buck and grunted with my Jones Grunt Call.
The buck stepped into a clearing at 20 yards and I grunted.
As soon as he stepped into my shooting lane I grunted and he stopped in his tracks.
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It might not have been the most dominant, or artful, performance, but the top-seeded Williams grunted her way past 14 unforced errors in the first set to win in the tiebreaker.
It's hard not to get excited when your phone lights up and it says, 'Philip Rivers just GRUNTED, would you like to listen now?
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Grunting during a match can also have the opposite effect on an opponent, such as throwing them off their game, although Fish claimed he's never worked with anyone who grunted specifically to distract an opponent.