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Species: Liopropoma olneyi, Yellow-spotted basslet

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body: yellow over white + yellow spots
yellow stripe: snout to operculum
juv: pink + yellow spots; C yellow

Liopropoma olneyi Baldwin & Johnson, 2014

Yellow-spotted basslet

Body moderately elongate, relatively slender, body depth at dorsal fin origin 20-24% SL, and compressed; head pointed, with nearly straight upper profile; eye moderately large (7.8-9.4% SL); front nostril tubular, near top lip; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it, lower rear corner of top jaw bone with prominent, bluntly pointed, ventral projection; rear edge of preopercle not serrated; operculum with 3 broad flat spines at rear; 17-19 gill rakers, including rudiments; dorsal fin IX , 11, rear part of spinous dorsal weakly indented, 3rd spine longest; anal fin III, 8.5, rear edge pointed; pectoral 14-15; tail base deep, strongly compressed; tail slightly forked; scales small, rough, 47-48 with pores on lateral line.

Head white, a bright yellow stripe from tip of snout, through eye to top corner of operculum, top of snout and over eye pink, nape yellow; iris white, with a yellow stripe across middle; body with upper half yellow, white below with a pinkish tint along upper part of white zone; a broad band of yellow spots along mid-side of body and tail base, on both the yellow and white zones; dorsal, tail and anal fins yellow; pelvics white with yellow front edge; pectorals clear. Juvenile similar to adult, but with upper body pinkish, most of body with yellow spots, upper body profile yellow.

Reaches 10.4 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 105-229 m.

Known only from Curacao, S Caribbean.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 105
Depth Range Max
  • 229
Length Max
  • 10.4