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Species: Hypoplectrus providencianus, Masked Hamlet

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grey-white, black triangle under eye
pectoral black
C black or grey + black top & bottom edges

Hypoplectrus providencianus Acero P. & Garzón-Ferreira, 1994

Masked Hamlet

Head and body deep, strongly compressed; forehead straight; snout relatively short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; preoperculum angular, serrated, several small forward pointing spines on lower edge near the corner; gill rakers 17-23; dorsal fin X, 14-17, no notch after spines, membranes between spines not indented; pelvics long, reach to or beyond anus; tail fin slightly forked; lateral line scales 48-53; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly scaleless.

Head and body very pale tan; a wedge-shaped black bar below the black eye; pectorals range from whitish with upper border black, to almost entirely black; the tail base may have a black saddle or all its rear 1/4 may be black; the tail fin usually is entirely black, but occasionally is pale grey with black upper and lower edges; dorsal & anal fins pale grey, sometimes with a blue cast; pelvics blue-grey to black.

Reaches 13 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 7-15 m.

The Turks and Caicos to the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 7
Depth Range Max
  • 15