Species/Notes of Interest to Aquarists:
There are at present some twenty four described species in this bass
genus, and if you look closely where they're found, quite a few
(though reclusive) specimens. Given their great beauty, small size, and
interesting, intelligent behavior, it's a shame not more find their
way into the ornamental aquatics trade.
|Liopropoma eukrines Starck &
Courtenay 1962, the Wrasse Bass. To 13 cm. Western Atlantic: North
Carolina to Florida Keys in USA. Aq. pic. http://fishbase.org/Summary/species
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|Liopropoma fasciatum Bussing 1980, the
Banded Bass. Tropical eastern Pacific. To seven inches overall
length. A deepwater, shy species that hangs out in caves. It's
easily trained to stay out in the open in captivity. Aquarium
photo, here at the Birch, SIO. Rarely offered in the trade.
|Liopropoma pallidum (Fowler 1938), the
Pallid Bass. To 6.4 cm. Pacific Plate; Caroline, Tuamotus,
Marianas. Photos provided by Josh Evans
|Liopropoma rubre Poey 1861, the Peppermint
Bass. Tropical west Atlantic. To three and a half inches in length.
A small, shy beauty that adapts well to peaceful surroundings that
include dark caves to hide and sleep in. Aquarium images.
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|Liopropoma susumi (Jordan & Seale 1906),
Meteor Perch. To 9 cm. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea to Micronesia. Found
on/in reefs to 34 meters depth.
|Liopropoma swalesi (Fowler & Bean 1930).
To 5 cm. in length. Found near dense branching coral at about 25
meter depths. Western Pacific: Indonesia and New Britain.
Distinctive orange stripes. Aquarium photo by Hiroyuki