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Species: Hypoplectrus puella, Barred hamlet

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tan + darker bars, belly & pelvics yellow
head thin blue bars; snout: small blue spots

Hypoplectrus puella (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1828)

Barred 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.

Tan above, yellowish to whitish below; oblique brown bars through eye, nape to pectoral base, a broad one under spiny dorsal; thin bars under soft dorsal, and on tail base; dorsal, tail and anal fins grey, pelvics yellow; small blue spots on snout, a blue ring around eye, thin blue bars before eye and across operculum. The intensity and completeness of the dark bars on the head and body varies.

Reaches 16.7 cm.

Lives on reefs, early juveniles in grass beds.

Depth range: 3-90 m.

North Carolina to the Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Corals
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16.7
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 90