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Species: Lipogramma haberorum, Yellow-banded Basslet

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yellow & white
1st 2 bars narrow, brown
3rd bar = inverted yellow triangle
D ocellus round, strong
D&A + yellow spots, yellow edge only D
A no ocellus

Lipogramma haberorum Baldwin, Nonaka & Robertson, 2016

Yellow-banded Basslet

Elongate, compressed body; eye large; snout short; mouth opens at front; teeth on jaws, and front and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle edge smooth; opercle with a flat projection; gill rakers long 15-16; dorsal fin XI, 9; anal fin III, 8; pectorals rounded, 15-16; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, reaching past anal fin base; tail fin slightly forked, with pointed tips; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin thick and spiny, 4-5 on top of tail; no lateral line; ~24 lateral scales.

Head and body yellow above, white below; 3 dark bars – 1st bar brown, edged with yellow, narrow, across between eyes and down through eye to lower head profile, with a rear extension along lower edge of opercle; 2nd bar from dorsal origin to bottom of belly, brown edged with yellow, fading on belly, uniform width, running behind pectoral base; 3rd bar yellow brown, a broad inverted triangle under the rear half of dorsal fin and upper tail base, extends from top body profile to bottom profile; dorsal fin bluey grey, with a round black ocellus bordered with blue-white at the lower rear corner of the fin, fin blue grey, with yellow margin & 2-3 inner rows of yellow spots; tail fin with vertical rows of yellow spots; anal fin bluey grey with whitish base, without pale margin, with 1-6 rows of yellow spots over entire fin, pelvic fins bluey white; pectorals clear, with yellow base.

Reaches 5.3 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 153-233 m.

Known only from Curacao, southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • 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
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.3
Depth Range Min
  • 153
Depth Range Max
  • 233