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Species: Liopropoma mowbrayi, Cave Basslet

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yellow stripe: eye & snout
D2 (sometimes A): black spot
C rear edge: black & white bar

Liopropoma mowbrayi Woods & Kanazawa, 1951

Cave 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 bluntly straight; scales small, rough.

Head and body and median fins pink to red; a yellow stripe from snout to eye; tail with a black, white-bordered bar at its rear edge; soft dorsal fin (and sometimes anal) with a small, black, white bordered spot.

To 9 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 24-148 m.

N Carolina to the S Caribbean.

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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 + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • 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
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 24
Depth Range Max
  • 148