The swissguard basslet is also known as the peppermint basslet.
  • Size

    Maximum length of 3.1 inches (8 cm)
  • Diet

    Small fish and crustaceans
  • Range

    Western Atlantic from southern Florida and the Bahamas to northern South America
  • Habitat

    Deep recesses and crevices of coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum length of 3.1 inches (8 cm).
  • Body shape is long and laterally compressed. Coloration is yellow-orange with five black stripes running horizontally along the body. Each stripe is bored by red above and below. Second dorsal fin and anal fin have a distinctive black dot. Caudal fin has two black dots connected by a black bar.

Animal Fact

The swissguard basslet is known to inhabit deep recesses and crevices of coral reefs.

Diet / Feeding

  • Carnivore; diet consists of small fish and crustaceans

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from southern Florida and the Bahamas to northern South America.
  • Associated with reef habitats and inhabits tropical waters from 10-148 feet (3-45 m).
    • Known to inhabit deep recesses and crevices of coral reefs.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as the “peppermint bass”.
  • Solitary species that is common but rarely seen.

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