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Species: Hypoplectrus randallorum, Tan hamlet

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brown; black blotch before eye
pectoral base: black spot
tail base: +/- black saddle

Hypoplectrus randallorum Lobel, 2011

Tan 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.

Brown to red-brown above, yellow-brown below; a large oblique black blotch from eye to front of top jaw; a black spot on the base of the pectoral fin; usually  a large black saddle on the top of the tail base; dorsal fin brown, tail, anal and pelvics yellow-brown, tail sometimes with dark stripes along the top and bottom borders; iris yellowish.

Reaches 13 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 3-15 m.

The Florida Keys to the Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Insular primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 15