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Species: Caulolatilus guppyi, Reticulated tilefish

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nape ridge black, dark bar under eye, dark snout tip
upper body: dark mottling
D VII, dark + opal center
mouth reaches well under eye
interoperculum no scales

Caulolatilus guppyi Beebe & Tee-Van, 1937

Reticulated tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular; head relatively deep, rounded in profile; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; mouth extends to well under eye; operculum with a short, blunt spine; vertical edge of preoperculum serrated; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; 19-23 gill rakers; dorsal fin VII (rarely VI), 23-24 rays; anal I-II, 20-23; pectoral fin 16-17; tail fin W shaped, center convex; scales rough on body, smooth on head; pored lateral line scales 73-81; no scales on bone between preoperculum and operculum.

Back and upper sides with numerous dark reticulating lines; ridge along nape black; an oblique dark bar from eye forward to mouth; snout tip dark; a small dark spot above pectoral base; dorsal fin with dark base, opal center and broad outer dusky stripe; anal fin opaline.

Reaches 35 cm.

Lives on hard sand/shell bottoms.

Depth range: 41-171 m, common at 60-110 m.

S Caribbean to Suriname.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 41
Depth Range Max
  • 171