SizeMaximum length of 3.1 inches (8 cm)
DietSmall fish and crustaceans
RangeWestern Atlantic from southern Florida and the Bahamas to northern South America
HabitatDeep recesses and crevices of coral reefs
- 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.
The swissguard basslet is known to inhabit deep recesses and crevices of coral reefs.
- Carnivore; diet consists of small fish and crustaceans
- 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.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also known as the “peppermint bass”.
- Solitary species that is common but rarely seen.