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Swiss Guard - African


Pygmy Basslets
Swiss Guard - African
Liopropoma africanum
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Western Indian Ocean, African coast to Maldives. Secretive in dark caves or in the back of areas below large reef overhangs. Usually along outer-reed walls at depths over 10m. Pinkish with yellow stripes on head and white longitudinal stripes along body. Length to 85mm.

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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