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Species: Plectranthias species A, White-barred Bass

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D X (III v elongate), weak notch, front spines white
head & body yellow-orange
head: white marks, white under eye
body: 4 long irregular white bars

Plectranthias species A

White-barred Bass

Body oblong, compressed; head large, eye large; snout short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; tooth patch on center of roof of mouth chevron-shaped; preopercle with or without 1-3 strong forward pointing spines at its lower angle; gill rakers short, 14-31; dorsal fin X, membranes notched between spines, 15-17, weak notch between spines and rays; anal fin III, 7; tail fin straight to rounded; scales rough (teeth on on margins) large, 28-46 in lateral line; lateral line complete; scales around tail base 12-22; rear bone of top jaw (maxilla) not scaled; lateral line continuous, complete.

Nape and side of head orange to yellow, remainder white; body yellow to orange, with 4 long, irregular white bars - under spiny dorsal, and the front and rear of the soft dorsal; dorsal, tail, anal and pelvic fins whitish, with a strong white bar at the front of the dorsal fin; in juveniles the dark bars on the head and body are orange.

Reaches ~ 7 cm.

Habitat ranges from ledges and small overhangson walls and big rocks, as well as around soft corals and sponges, and on cobble in coarse sand.

Depth range 90-150 m

The Lesser Antilles

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  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sponges
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • 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
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 90
Depth Range Max
  • 150