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Species: Lipogramma trilineata, Threeline Basslet

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3 thin blue stripes: head centerline, top eye to over operculum corner
juvenile: eye stripe to tail base; + blue stripe -pectoral to tail base

Lipogramma trilineata Randall, 1963

Threeline 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 XII, 10; anal fin III, 7; pectorals rounded, 15; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, reaching past anal fin base; short, thick and spiny rays on upper and lower base of tail fin, 3 above; no lateral line; 25-29 lateral scales.

Upper head and back and spiny dorsal yellow to orange brown; rest of head, and body usually bluey-grey, but yellow can extend over most of body; a black-edged blue line along center of snout and nape, another from eye back along upper side to under end of spiny dorsal; a blue line along edge of dorsal fin; tail and pectoral fins pink; pelvic and anal fins pale blue with light yellow spots. Juvenile like adult but blue eye stripe extends along upper side to upper end of tail base; an additional blue stripe from upper pectoral base to end of lower part of tail base.

Reaches 3.5 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 15-152 m.

The Gulf of Mexico 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 15
Depth Range Max
  • 152