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Species: Liopropoma longilepis, Scalyfin basslet

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pink; flank - red stripe, back - yellow stripe
fin edges yellow

Liopropoma longilepis Garman, 1899

Scalyfin basslet

Body moderately elongate and compressed; head pointed, with nearly horizontal upper profile; eye moderate to large; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; lower rear corner of top jaw bone with prominent, bluntly pointed, ventral projection; rear edge of preopercle serrated; operculum with 3 broad flat spines at rear; dorsal fin with VIII spines, 12, strongly notched, 3rd spine longest; anal rays III,8; pectoral rays 15; tail base deep, strongly compressed; tail slightly concave; scales small, rough; fins with scaled bases and scales along most of the fin rays.

Upper head and body pink, whitish below (uniform red in dead fish); iris blue-grey; a yellow brown stripe from center of rear of eye to tip of snout; a red stripe from the rear of the eye along the body midline to the center of the tail fin;  a yellowish stripe along top of top jaw back toward lower rear corner of operculum, this becomes broken as it proceeds back; a yellowish stripe along top of body on each side of midline, from center of nape back to top edge of tail fin; unpaired fins pinkish, outer half of dorsal fin yellow; upper and lower edges of tail yellow; front edge of anal and pelvic fins yellow.

Size: to 26 cm.

Inhabits rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 50-250m.

Baja California, Costa Rica and Panama, the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 26
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 250