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Species: Caulolatilus intermedius, Anchor Tilefish, Gulf Bareye Tilefish

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nape ridge dark + dark front crescent; dark bar under eye; dark snout tip
upper body: brown/violet
D VII, outer 1/2 yellowish
over pectoral base - dark spot
mouth short, to front edge eye
interoperculum no scales

Caulolatilus intermedius Howell Rivero, 1936

Anchor Tilefish, Gulf Bareye Tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular; head relatively deep, rounded in profile; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; mouth short, reaches under front edge of eye; operculum with a short, blunt spine; vertical edge of preoperculum serrated; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; 18-22 gill rakers; dorsal fin VII, 24-25 rays; anal I-II, 22-23; 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 light violet brown; ridge along nape dark, with a dark semicircle at front; 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 31 cm.

Lives on mud bottoms.

Depth range: 45-290 m, common at 60-110 m.

The Gulf of Mexico, also in Brazil.

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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)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 31
Depth Range Min
  • 45
Depth Range Max
  • 290