Lipogramma klayi

Common Name

Bicolor Basslet

Year Described

Randall, 1963


Dorsal Fin: XII, 9
Anal Fin: III, 8
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Pectoral Fin: 15-16
Caudal Rays: 19 (principal)
Gill Rakers: 19 total
Vertebrae: 10 precaudal, 15 caudal; 25 total
Lateral Scale Rows:

Body elongate with a blunt snout and a convex head profile. Lateral line absent. Preopercular margin smooth. Pelvic fin extends to anal fin origin when depressed. Outer procurrent caudal rays thickened (3 ventrally and dorsally). Caudal fin emarginate.


Anterior third of body magenta, grading into bright yellow posteriorly. Lower part of head with yellow markings. Dorsal fin violet anteriorly with yellow spots, and yellow posteriorly with blue spots. Anal and pelvic fins yellow with blue spots. Caudal fin yellow. Eye violet with yellow markings.


Maximum size to 40mm.


Deep reefs, holes, and over mixed sand-rocky bottoms from 40-150m.


Scattered records in the Caribbean Sea: Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Lesser Antilles.


Gilmore, R.G. and R.S. Jones. 1988. Lipogramma flavescens, a new grammid fish from the Bahama Islands, with description and distributional notes on L. evides and L. anabantoides. Bulletin of Marine Science v. 42 (no. 3): 435-445.

Hardy, J.D. 2005. Chapter 121: Grammatidae, p. 1341-1351. In: Richards, W.J. (Ed.). Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Mooi, R.D. 2002. Grammatidae. In: FAO Species Identification Guide to Fishes of the Western Atlantic. (ed. Carpenter K), pp. 1308–1369. UN FAO Publishers, Rome.