Hypoplectrus randallorum

Common Name

Tan Hamlet

Year Described

Lobel, 2011


Dorsal Fin: X, 15
Anal Fin: III, 7
Pectoral Fin: 14
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line: 48-54
Gill Rakers: 6-8 (upper), 11-15 (lower) on first arch


Body and fins yellowish brown, becoming more yellow on the head and nape. A dark blotch is variably expressed on the snout. The caudal fin is often yellowish. Caudal peduncle often with a faint blotch. The fins often have a bluish tint, especially the ventral fins.


Maximum size to 92mm SL.


Coral reefs in water less than 20m.


Found in the western Caribbean off Central America and around the western Caribbean islands.


Lobel, P.S. 2011. A review of the Caribbean hamlets (Serranidae, Hypoplectrus) with description of two new species. Zootaxa No. 3096: 1-17.

Other Notes

More study with complete taxon sampling, many specimens from all over the Caribbean, and for multiple genes are required to determine just how many “species” of Hypoplectrus actually occur in the Caribbean Sea. The species are morphologically almost identical, and have weak genetic signatures indicating a recent radiation.