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Species: Caulolatilus cyanops, Blackline Tilefish

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upper back: dark reticulum
nape ridge yellow
D VII spiny membrane orange
above pectoral base - black blotch
C: lobes yellow
interoperculum scaled

Caulolatilus cyanops Poey, 1866

Blackline Tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular, depth 21-34% of SL; head relatively deep, rounded in profile; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; operculum with a short, blunt spine; vertical edge of preoperculum serrated; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; 17-21 gill rakers; dorsal fin VII, 23-24 rays; anal I-II, 20-23; pectoral fin 16-17; tail fin slightly concave; scales rough on body, smooth on head; pored lateral line scales 75-82; with scales on bone between preoperculum and operculum.

Body violet to blue, with a dark area, numerous dark reticulated lines and a dark stripe along upper back; lower parts white; ridge along nape yellow; cheek silver; an oblique green-blue bar from eye to top lip; membranes of spiny dorsal orange-yellow, soft part of fin dark; a dark blotch above pectoral base; tail fin with 2 yellow areas covering most of top and bottom lobes.

Reaches 46 cm.

Lives on rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 45-500 m, usually 125-250 m..

North Carolina to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 46
Depth Range Min
  • 45
Depth Range Max
  • 500