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Swiss Guard


Pygmy Basslets
Swiss Guard
Liopropoma rubre
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Widespread in the Caribbean to Bahamas and southern Florida. Lives in the dark caves and below overhangs of reefs. Moderately common, but rarely observed in the wild. Shallow to at least longitudinal stripes with pale yellow stripes running through the middle of the pale spaces between. Second dorsal, anal and caudal fin tips with black blotches and pale-blue margins. Length to 9cm.

Basslets are small, tropical, and often colourful percoid fishes found on reefs. Most of these fishes feed on small swimming or crawling prey, usually remain small when fully grown, and often are exceptionally colourful. However, a few grow to medium size and some related species living in cool waters can reach about 50cm in length. The smaller, and usually the more colourful species are ideal candidates for the reef-aquarium that supports living corals or other various invertebrates.

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