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Species: Lipogramma anabantoides, Dusky Basslet

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head red, body orange-brown
D: front dark spot, rear base - large ocellus
fins dark, black & yellow edges

Lipogramma anabantoides Bohlke, 1960

Dusky Basslet

Elongate, compressed body; eye large, snout short; mouth at front; teeth on jaws, front and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle edge smooth; opercle with 1 short, flat projection; gill rakers long, 11 lower rakers; dorsal fin XIII (XI-XIV), 8-10; anal fin III, 7-9; pectorals rounded, 17; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, reaching past anal fin base; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin thick and spiny; no lateral line; 26 lateral scales.

Head bright rose red, body is brownish-orange, with light lines between darker scale rows; dorsal, tail and anal fins with orange-brown base, yellow outer part and a black margin, a black blotch over 1st 3 dorsal spines and a large partial ocellus at the lower rear corner of the fin; pelvics black, with yellow spots.

Reaches 2.6 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 10-88 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to the southern 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
  • 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
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 88