Indigo hamlet

Indigo hamlet
Indigo hamlet
Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes)
Hypoplectrus indigo
61 to 100+ ft
The body has several dark blue or indigo bands of various widths on a pale background color. The pectoral fins are clear to white, while the ventral fins are blue. The indigo hamlet grows to a length of 5 inches (13 cm). The indigo hamlet is common in the Cayman Islands, but rare or absent in the rest of the Caribbean. It is one of the few fishes that is specific to our area. It inhabits coral reefs from 30-130 feet (9-40 m). It typically swims around the reef close to the bottom. It feeds on small crustaceans. It is interesting to note that some fish experts consider all of the hamlets to be the same species (H. unicolor), with the many different color phases representing regional variations. This theory helps explain the unique and limited geographic distribution of the various forms of hamlets.

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