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Species: Gramma linki, Yellowcheek Basslet

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head & body; many body scales with yellow spot
head 3-4 yellow stripes

Gramma linki Starck & Colin, 1978

Yellowcheek Basslet

Elongate, compressed body; eye large, snout short; mouth at front; teeth on jaws, and front and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle serrated; opercle with 2 short, flat spines; gill rakers long, 15-35; dorsal fin XI-XIII, 8-9; anal fin III, 6-10; pectorals rounded, 16-18; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, sometimes reaching past anal fin base; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin not thick and spiny; tail fin strongly concave; lateral line in two parts, upper part ending under end of dorsal fin base, lower part on tail base.

Body and fins purplish brown to bluish grey, many of the body scales with a small yellow spot; head with dull yellow forehead and nape, 3-4 yellow stripes from eye across cheek and operculum; iris yellow

Reaches 8 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 20-180 m.

Bahamas 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
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 180