Barred Hamlet
Hypoplectrus puella
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R 15 Cru, Wor, Pisc I/ Pr SH
Adult:Body laterally flattened, pale white to yellowish with six brown body bars (the first of which runs through the eye, the second broad at nape narrowing towards the insertion of the ventral fin, the third/
midbody bar very wide, the fourth to sixth as wide as the second and evenly spaced behind the third bar. Blue lines over the head and body. Ventral fins vary in color from white to yellowish, pectoral fins clear. Sometimes with a black saddle blotch on the base of the tail.
Juvenile: Almost all regional juvenile Hamlets look similar, having a pale body colour, with a
black saddle at the end of the tail base (caudal peduncle), with 2 white spots.

This species inhabits rocky and coral reefs always near close access to cover at depths of 3-90, (10-290ft). Unlike other hamlets, it can be found in inshore murky waters. Feeds on small bony fish and crustaceans.

Life Cycle:
Synchronous hermaphrodites with individuals alternating male and female "roles" during spawning. Regular pairs meet at the same location in evenings to breed and perform a dancing display. It has a limited larval dispersal distance, between two to 14 km, despite a three-week pelagic larval duration.
Barred Hamlet
(C) Johnathan Lavan
Juvenile Hamlet
(C) Lazlo Isles
Barred Hamlet
Barred Hamlet