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Swiss Guard - Candy


Pygmy Basslets
Swiss Guard - Candy
Liopropoma carmabi
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Widespread in the West Indies, ranging to Florida Keys in the north and south to north-eastern Brazil. A rarely observed species that can be found as shallow as 15m in shaded parts of reefs, but lives usually much deeper and reported to 70m. Readily identified by its gaudily-coloured, striped pattern. Length in West Indies to about 6cm, but can reach 10cm in the cooler Brazilian waters.

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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