Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988

Other Names: Barbershop Basslet

A Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum, at Peleliu, Koror Island, Palau. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A basslet with two broad red stripes separated by a pinkish-white midlateral stripe, anterior part of the head red, rear of head, upper back and lower abdomen yellow, and the red body stripes extending onto the caudal fin.
Video of a Redstriped Basslet in an aquarium.

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Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988

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Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, Queensland; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific: from North Maluku, Indonesia and Palau, to Guam and east to the Austral and Society Islands, north to southern Japan. A secretive species found in caves and under ledges on steep outer reef slopes at depths to 50 m.


Dorsal fin VI-I_I,12, Anal fin III,8; Pectoral fin 14; Lateral-line scales 45-47 (+ 2-3 on caudal fin); Scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 5; scales below lateral line to origina of anal fin 13-15; Circumpeduncular scales 33-34; Gill rakers 5-6 + 13-15 = 18-21.
Body moderately elongate, depth 3.45-3.7 in SL; inner teethat front of jaws and side of lower jaw 4-5 times longer than teeth on inner row; posterior margin of preopercle irregular, without serrae; fleshy corner and ventral margin of opercle with 6-8 small pores.


Feeds on small invertebrates.


The specific name tonstrinim is from the Latin tonstrina (= barbershop), in reference to "the red and white striped pattern reminiscent of a barber pole".

Species Citation

Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor, 1988, Indo-Pacific Fishes 16: 38, pl. 2b. Type locality: Augulpelu Reef, Palau.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311199

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:11-52 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL

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