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Species: Polylepion gilmorei, Candystriped Wrasse

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large yellow eye
white + red bars
C base red spot



Polylepion gilmorei Baldwin, Arcila, Robertson & Tornabene, 2023

Red-barred Wrasse

Body moderately slender, tapering at rear; head sharply pointed, forehead & snout profile ~straight; eye large; mouth ~ horizontal, reaches to between front edge & center of eye, lower lip thick; top jaw with 2 (0-3) large rear canines; lower jaw with 1 (0-1) large rear canine, & 2 canines at front; dorsal fin XI, 11; anal fin III, 11-12; pectoral rays ii, 17-19; lateral line complete, front part high near upper body profile then curving smoothly down under the soft dorsal; lateral line scales 48-52; no scales on bases of dorsal and anal fins; scales extent forwards from dorsal fin along nape to between front edge of eyes and before front nostril; sides of head partly scaled.

Head & body silvery white; upper body with 6 red bars; snout & upper head red; eye yellow; fins silvery white, with pink tint on the dorsal and tail fins; upper base of tail fin with a large rounded red spot.

Reaches 15 cm

Depth: 200-457 m.

Benthic on deep reefs.

Known from South Carolina to the southern 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
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • 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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 200
Depth Range Max
  • 457