Shy hamlet

Shy hamlet
Shy hamlet
Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes)
Hypoplectrus guttavarius
0 to 60 ft
The head, abdomen and all fins are bright yellow. The remainder of the body is dark brown. There are bright blue streaks around the eye and on the snout. The shy hamlet grows to a length of 5 inches (13 cm). The shy hamlet seems to be limited in its range. It is occasional in the Cayman Islands, and rare in Florida, the Bahamas and rest of the Caribbean. It inhabits shallow reefs from 10-50 feet (3-15 m) often near staghorn corals (Acropora sp.) where it will swim 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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