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Species: Caulolatilus williamsi, Yellow Barred Tilefish

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eye small; mouth long
nape ridge head color
body: 17-20 yellow wavy bars
C yellow below
interoperculum no scales

Caulolatilus williamsi Dooley & Berry, 1977

Yellow Barred Tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular; head relatively deep, steep rounded in profile; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; eye small; operculum with a short, blunt spine; vertical edge of preoperculum serrated; mouth long, extends to under mid-pupil; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; 21-27 gill rakers; dorsal fin VIII, 22-23 rays; anal I-II, 23-25; tail fin slightly convex in center, with 2 sharp lobe tips; scales rough on body, smooth on head; pored lateral line scales 96-97; no scales on bone between preoperculum and operculum.

Top of snout and head dusky, lighter below; nape ridge not distinctively colored; eye golden; chin white; a small white patch under lower front part of eye; body violet grey, with 17-20 yellow wavy bars; belly white; a dark area with yellow area above that just above pectoral base; dorsal fin with yellow along front of spines and rays, soft dorsal with yellow margin, membranes translucent with thin dark bar between each ray; pelvics white; tail fin yellow below, a thin yellow stripe above that and a broad stripe to tail end above that, rest of fin grey.

Reaches 61 cm.

Lives on mud and rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 126-300 m.

Bahamas to the NE Caribbean.

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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
  • Mud
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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 126
Depth Range Max
  • 300