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Species: Hypoplectrus species 1, Blue-lip hamlet, Bluelip hamlet

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red-brown head, body, D & C; mouth to belly mauve/blue
pelvics & front A mauve/blue
pectoral base: black spot

Hypoplectrus species 1

Blue-lip hamlet

Head and body deep, strongly compressed; forehead straight; snout relatively short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; preoperculum angular, serrated, several small forward pointing spines on lower edge near the corner; gill rakers 17-23; dorsal fin X, 14-17, no notch after spines, membranes between spines not indented; pelvics long, reach to or beyond anus; tail fin slightly forked; lateral line scales 48-53; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly scaleless.

Reddish-brown above, paler below; sometimes a vague dark stripe along the side of the flank; mouth, throat and belly pale mauve to bluish; a black spot on the base of the pectoral fin; dorsal, and tail fins brown, top and bottom margins of tail fin often with black stripes; pelvics and front of anal fin whitish mauve to bluey white; iris orangish.

Reaches 13 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 3-18 m.

The Florida Keys to the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 18