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Species: Hypoplectrus floridae, Florida Hamlet

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pale + 6 dark bars (4th = 2 spots)
C base: 2 spots

Hypoplectrus floridae Victor, 2012

Florida 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 16-21; dorsal fin X, 14, no notch after spines, membranes between spines not indented; pelvics long, reach to or beyond anus; tail fin slightly forked; lateral line scales 52; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly scaleless.

Pale tan; blue lines on sides of head, blue spots on side of snout; 6 dark brown to red-brown to yellow-brown bars on head (2) and body (4); 1st body bar wide, deep and intense; 2nd body bar reduced to a dark blotch on top of back and a dark spot on mid-flank; base of the tail fin with a pair of dark round spots, one above the other, pelvics dark brown, red-brown to yellow-brown, with a blue outer edge.

Reaches probably ~15 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 3-20 m?

The Florida peninsula.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 20