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Species: Liopropoma aberrans, Eye-stripe basslet

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head salmon + yellow stripe; body yellow above, salmon below
yellow stripe: snout to operculum
juv: C yellow + red blotch, border white

Liopropoma aberrans (Poey, 1860)

Eye-stripe basslet

Body moderately elongate, robust, body depth at dorsal fin origin 27-29% SL, compressed; head pointed, with nearly straight upper profile; eye moderate size (7.4-8.7% SL); front nostril tubular, near top lip; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it, lower rear corner of top jaw bone with prominent, bluntly pointed, ventral projection; rear edge of preopercle not serrated; operculum with 3 broad flat spines at rear; 17-18 gill rakers, including 5 rudiments; dorsal fin VIII (rarely IX), 12, rear part of spinous dorsal divided to its base, 3rd spine longest; anal fin III, 8.5, rear edge pointed; pectoral 14; tail base deep, strongly compressed; tail slightly forked; scales small, rough, 46-48 with pores on lateral line.

Head salmon, with a yellow stripe from tip of snout through eye to corner of operculum; iris orangish, crossed by the yellow stripe, a thin inner yellow ring;  body with lower 2/3  salmon, upper 1/3 yellow or with dense yellow blotches, lower profile of belly and tail base yellow; dorsal, tail, anal and pelvic fins yellow; pectorals clear. Juvenile with salmon head and body, a yellow stripe from tip of snout, through eye to upper corner of opercle; upper half of body heavily spotted with yellow; tail fin yellow, with a large red-brown blotch in its center, that bordered at rear by  white.

Reaches 13.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 89-241 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13.5
Depth Range Min
  • 89
Depth Range Max
  • 241