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Species: Lipogramma trilineatum, Three-lined basslet

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pinkish-yellow
3 thin blue stripes: head centerline, top eye to over operculum corner

Lipogramma trilineatum Randall, 1963

Three-lined 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.

Reaches 3.5 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 15-100 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max (cm)
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min (m)
  • 15
Depth Range Max (m)
  • 100