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Species: Lipogramma idabeli, Blue-backed Basslet

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yellow + blue head,iris & back
black and blue ocellus on shoulder
yellow & blue ocellus on rear corner D

Lipogramma idabeli Tornabene, Robertson & Baldwin, 2018

Blue-backed 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, 15-35; dorsal fin XI-XIV, 6-10; anal fin III, 6-10; pectorals rounded, 14-19; pelvics I, 5, with 1st ray elongated, sometimes reaching past anal fin base; short rays on upper and lower base of tail fin thick and spiny; no lateral line.

Lower head and body yellowish brown; top of head, nape and front of back bright blue; iris bright blue; shoulder under dorsal fin origin with a large rounded black blotch, ringed in bright blue; dorsal fin bluish, with two rows of yellow spots on spiny part, several rows on soft part; upper body and rear corner of soft dorsal with an ocellus with a yellow, brown flecked center (black in juvenile) and a bright blue outer ring; tail fin translucent yellowish, with pale bluish spots in center; anal fin yellowish, with blue spots; pelvic fins translucent yellowish, with translucent blue rays; pectoral fins translucent.

Reaches ~3 cm

Vertical rock faces on deep reefs

Depth range: 122-165 m

Known only from Roatan.

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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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 122
Depth Range Max
  • 165