Hypoplectrus maya

Common Name

Maya Hamlet

Year Described

Lobel, 2011


Dorsal Fin: X, 14-15
Anal Fin: III, 6-7
Pectoral Fin: 13-14
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line: 48-54
Gill Rakers: 6-8 (upper), 11-15 (lower) on first arch


Body brilliant cobalt blue. Fins pale blue. No dark borders on caudal fin.


Maximum size to 95mm SL.


Coral reefs and seagrass beds, usually less than 10m depth.


Known only from off Belize (Pelican Cays).


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.