Morphology Data of Hypoplectrus floridae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Victor, B.C., 2012
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species has the usual color and patterns of the brown Barred Hamlet but with several is distinguishing features: a pair of dark rounded spots at the base of the caudal fin found above and below the midline, usually symmetrical, present on all stages, including large adults; a break in the narrow mid-body bar (the fourth bar, after the wide mid-body bar) just above the lateral line, usually associated with well-delineated and unbroken bars to each side; usually a short rearward spur at the top of the last body bar (the fifth bar, forward of the caudal-peduncle bar), usually outlining a light wedge just below the base of the last dorsal-fin rays; some characters not usual on Caribbean Barred Hamlets, but typically associated with this species and H. ecosur include the bar under the eye being orange, even when the body bars are brown, and a dusky pelvic fin (Ref. 91468).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hypoplectrus floridae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 52 - 52
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 11 - 14
on upper limb 5 - 7


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 14 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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