Barred Hamlet
Hypoplectrus puella

1/60s at f16, Ektachrome 64, ASA 64, Nikonos II with 28mm lens and close up lens, Oceanic flash


"Hamlet (fish)," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A hamlet is a fish of the genus Hypoplectrus that is found mainly in coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, particularly around Florida and the Bahamas. They are a popular choice for hobbyist saltwater aquariums, and come in a variety of colors. Hamlets are simultaneous hermaphrodites (or synchronous hermaphrodites): They have both male and female sexual organs at the same time as an adult. They seem quite at ease mating in front of divers, allowing observations in the wild to occur readily. They do not practice self-fertilization, but when they find a mate, the pair takes turns between which one acts as the male and which acts as the female through multiple matings, usually over the course of several nights.
Salt River Canyon, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
 
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