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Species: Lipogramma flavescens, Yellow Basslet

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head, body & fins yellow
black bar through eye
black spot base soft D

Lipogramma flavescens Gilmore & Jones, 1988

Yellow 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 1 short, flat projection; gill rakers long, 12 lower rakers; dorsal fin XII, 9; anal fin III, 8; pectorals rounded, 16; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, reaching past anal fin base; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin thick and spiny; no lateral line; 20 lateral scales.

Head and body bright lemon yellow to canary yellow, paler below; eye grey; a thin black bar through center of eye, and down the cheek; dorsal fin yellow, with oblique white bars on soft dorsal; a large, round black spot on the soft dorsal base, extending onto the upper back; tail fin yellow; inner 2/3 of anal fin clear, with several rows of yellow spots, outer fin yellow, with a black edge; pelvics white, with yellow spots.

Reaches 3.1 cm

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 202-285 m.

The Bahamas to the NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.1
Depth Range Min
  • 202
Depth Range Max
  • 285