Royal Gramma Gramma loreto

Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
The Royal Gramma is also called the Fairy Basslet, but other small fish from the Bass or Anthias families are also called Fairy Basslets. The Royal Gramma is native to tropical reefs of the western Atlantic, particularly the Caribbean.
Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
It grows to 8cm long. It is an attractive two-coloured fish with a purple front end which fades halfway to a bright yellow back end. It can be distinguished from the similar-looking Royal Dottyback or Bi-colour Pseudochromis (False Gramma Pictichromis paccagnellae) by its black spot on the front dorsal fin, a black line through the eye, coloured fins and the fade between the colours rather than a clean division. Ironically, its the dottyback that doesn't have the dot on its back in this case.
Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
Royal Gramma
Like damselfish, males will clear a nest area where females will lay eggs; males will then tend to the eggs, removing silt and aggressively guarding them until they hatch. The fish eats plankton and works as a cleaner fish eating parasites from other fish.