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Species: Hypoplectrus liberte,

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upper flank: thick dark stripe + 3 blotches

Hypoplectrus liberte  Victor & Marks, 2018

Liberty hamlet

Head and body deep, strongly compressed; forehead straight; snout relatively short; top jaw protrusible; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; teeth fixed; preoperculum angular, serrated, several small forward pointing spines on lower edge near the corner; gill rakers 19-22; dorsal fin X, 14, no notch after spines, membranes between spines not indented; pelvics long, reach to anus; tail fin slightly forked; lateral line scales 48-53; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly scaleless.

Ground color of head and body pale tan; snout and upper head and front of back darker grey, with a bluish cast; a prominent, wide blackish stripe from behind eye along upper flank to level of anus, continuing to end of tail base as three blackish blotches, last blotch small and vertical;  eye ringed with blue; long, thin blue to whitish bars cross  lateral stripe and dark blotches behind it, giving jagged edges to them; fins pale, except pelvics blue grey.

Reaches 11 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 5-15 m.

Known only from Liberty bay, northeast Haiti

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  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Antilles endemic
  • All species..
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Critically endangered
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 15