Barred Hamlet GALLERYHypoplectrus puella
Hamlets tend to stay in a bit deeper water, five feet or so and deeper. They will hang around structures and gorgonians for protection and as long as they are not threatened, will generally stay put. They are tolerant only up to a point, if you come too close they will move off. I've seen them in most environments, from mangroves to clear, deeper rocky shoreline areas. The juveniles have two white spots at the tail base as in picture #1. Their bars can be very pale to very dark and often display of iridescent blue markings or spots
This Hamlet looks strange with pale markings. I've only seen one colored like this. Maybe a hybrid?