Rare Golden Hamlet makes its Way to the Reef Builders Studio

The Golden Hamlet, Hypoplectrus gummigutta, is one of the most striking small fish of the Caribbean, and it also happens to be one of the most elusive. We have revered this fish for over twenty years and during that time…

Hypoplectrus liberte, a New Species of Hamlet from Haiti

Hypoplectrus liberte is a new species of hamlet which was discovered living in a Caribbean Island not usually in the spotlight for its marine life, Haiti. Found in them large but isolated Bay of Fort Libert√©, the liberty hamlet represents…

The Golden Hamlet is one of the crown jewels of Caribbean reef fish

As close as we Americans live to the Caribbean Sea, we are woefully under-informed as to the wealth of beautiful corals and reef fish that live there. Case in point is the jaw-dropping gorgeous golden hamlet,¬†Hypoplectrus gumigutta which Japanese and…

Hypoplectrus floridae & H. ecosur: two new species closely related to the barred hamlet

Hypoplectrus floridae and Hypoplectrus ecosur are two new species of hamlets recognized by unique coloration and confirmed with genetic analysis. The hamlets are a very interesting, curious and colorful group of medium sized basslets with behaviors that are reminiscent of both hawkfish,…

Maya Hamlet and Tan Hamlet are the two newest species of Hypoplectrus

The Maya hamlet and Tan Hamlet, Hypoplectrus maya and H. randallorum are two new species of serranids recently described from the Caribbean. As if hamlets needed any more species differentiated based just on coloration, along comes Phillip Lobel describing a…

Spawning Hamlets caught on video taking turns as male and female

Hamlets of the Hypoplectrus genus are a small group of colorful fish from the Carribean Sea. Hamlets come in a few very bright yellow or blue colors and although they are affordable and readily available, this genus is still not…