Hypoplectrus indigo

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Hypoplectrus indigo
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Scientific classification
H. indigo
Binomial name
Hypoplectrus indigo
(Poey, 1851)

Hypoplectrus indigo, also known as the indigo hamlet or butter hamlet, is a species of hamlet from the Western Central Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 14 cm in length.

Distinctive features: Blue and white bars. Wide medium blue to indigo bars separated by narrower bars. Blue ventral fins, pectoral fins white or clear. Common to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Bay Islands, Occasional Belize and Bahamas and rare balance of Caribbean and Florida. Habitat and behavior: remains near bottom within limited territories on or near reefs. Reaction to divers: Somewhat wary but can be curious. After retreating a short distance, fish often returns and approaches stationary divers. Size: 3-4 1/2 inches, max 5 inches. Depth found: 30–130 feet.[1]


  1. ^ Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

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