Hypoplectrus atlahua

Common Name

Jarocho Hamlet

Year Described

Tavera & Acero, 2013


Dorsal Fin: X, 14-15
Anal Fin: III, 7
Pectoral Fin: 13
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line: 55-57
Gill Rakers: 14-16 (first arch)


Body brown with four diffuse dark bands on the posterior part of the body. Head with a faint triangular band under eye and numerous bright blue spots and lines. Blue lines on pre-pelvic region and a blue spot on the upper opercular margin. Fins pale brown with orangish speckles following the fin rays. Pelvic fin dark brown with a blue anterior margin.


Maximum size to 104mm SL.


Shallow coral reefs.


Known only from the southern Gulf of Mexico (Tuxpan bank and Lobos Is. in the Veracruz reef system).


Tavera, J. and A. Acero P. 2013. Description of a new species of Hypoplectrus (Perciformes: Serranidae) from the southern Gulf of Mexico. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology v. 19 (no. 1): 29-38.