Hypoplectrus puella

Common Name

Barred Hamlet

Year Described

Cuvier, 1828


Dorsal Fin: X, 14-15
Anal Fin: III, 7
Pectoral Fin: 13-14
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line: 48-53
Gill Rakers: 17-23 total


Base color of body whitish to pearly blue, becoming bright to pale yellow ventrally. There are four or five broad brown bands on the body: one immediately behind the opercle, another very wide mid-body band, a U-shaped band behind that (often broken into two bands), and a small one on the caudal peduncle. A brown triangular eye band is usually prominent. The head is covered with numerous bright blue lines and spots. The fins are yellowish in color except for the pelvic fin which is often bluish.


McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 2005. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 2: Scorpaeniformes to Tetraodontiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii +1-1004.