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Species: Liopropoma eukrines, Wrasse Basslet

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yellow-brown to red-brown
snout to C: dark red- brown stripe edged with yellow

Liopropoma eukrines (Starck & Courtenay, 1962)

Wrasse 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 VIII, 12.5, divided to its base, 3rd spine longest; tail base deep, strongly compressed; tail rounded; scales small, rough.

Head and body pale yellow-brown to brownish red; a dark brown to red-brown stripe from the snout, through the eye and onto the tail, narrow at the front, broadening to a large triangle on the tail fin, that stripe edged above and below by thin yellow stripes; tail with thin white rear edge. Young yellow with a black stripe.

Reaches 13 cm.


Depth range: 20-150 m.

N Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

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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
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 150