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Species: Liopropoma carmabi, Candy Basslet

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purple + yellow stripes
D2 (not A) black & blue ocellus
C: 2 separate black blotches

Liopropoma carmabi (Randall, 1963)

Candy Basslet

Body moderately elongate and compressed; head pointed, with nearly horizontal upper profile; eye moderate to large; 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 serrated; operculum with 3 broad flat spines at rear; dorsal fin with VIII, 12.5, divided to its base, 3rd spine longest; tail base deep, strongly compressed; tail rounded; scales small, rough.

Head, body and tail fin purple, with 4-5 yellow, red-edged stripes; tail with 2 black, blue edged ocelli, on upper and lower lobes; 2nd dorsal fin (but not anal fin) with a black, blue-edged ocellus

Reaches 4.8 cm.


Depth range: 15-165 m.

The Bahamas to the Caribbean; also Brazil.

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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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.8
Depth Range Min
  • 15
Depth Range Max
  • 165