Teleostei (teleosts) > Perciformes/Serranoidei
(Groupers) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)
Etymology: Hypoplectrus: Greek, hypo = under + Greek, plektron = sting, spur (Ref. 45335); randallorum: Named for Helen and John E. Randall, who first recognized the tan hamlet as a possible
new species in their 1960 paper. The ending orum refers to "of man (men) and woman(women)". J. E. Randall collected the holotype (Ref. 88139).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated. Tropical
Western Caribbean from the West Indies to Central America.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88139)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7;
Vertebrae: 23 - 24. The tan hamlet is distinguished from its congeners by coloration. Its body is uniformly light brown to tan colored. It possesses distinct nose spots, a spot at the base of the pectoral fin and a caudal peduncle spot (Ref. 88139).
A 7.02 cm SL specimen of this species, collected 8 July 1990 on reefs off the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in Jamaica, had a freshly consumed a cleaner goby, Elacatinus evelynae (16.5 mm SL) in its stomach content (Ref. 88139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lobel, P.S., 2011. A review of the Caribbean hamlets (Serranidae, Hypoplectrus) with description of two new species. Zootaxa 3096:1-17. (Ref. 88139)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01778 (0.00680 - 0.04650), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).