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Species: Lipogramma rosea, Rosy Basslet

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head & body yellow/rose
C yellow + dark spots
D & A red

Lipogramma rosea Gilbert in Robins & Colin, 1979

Rosy 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 a flat projection; gill rakers long 13-18; dorsal fin XI, 6-7; anal fin III, 7; pectorals rounded, 15; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, reaching past anal fin base; tail fin rounded; short, thick and spiny rays on upper and lower base of tail fin; no lateral line; 25-29 lateral scales.

Head and body rose to yellow; a yellow line along midline from snout to dorsal fin origin; tail fin yellow, with vertical rows of dark spots in center of fin; dorsal and anal fins red, with pale spots.

Reaches 13 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 5-90 m.

The Bahamas to the southwest 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
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 90