Hypoplectrus puella (Cuvier, 1828)
Barred hamlet
Hypoplectrus puella
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)
Max. size:  15.24 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 23 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Bermuda, eastern Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Body creamy white to pale yellow with six brown bars (the first of which runs through the eye, the second broad at nape narrowing towards the insertion of the pelvic fin, the third very wide, the fourth to sixth as wide as the second and evenly spaced behind the third bar); head and body with blue lines; pelvic fins vary in color, from white to yellowish; pectoral fins clear; caudal peduncle occasionally with a saddle (Ref. 26407).
Biology:  A solitary species (Ref. 26340) inhabiting rocky and coral reefs (Ref. 9710). Always found near cover (Ref. 9710).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 August 2012 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
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