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Species: Caulolatilus bermudensis, Bermuda Tilefish

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jaws reach under eye
pectoral 16
D: VII, 24, height 7.5% SL
grey + ~20 thin yellow bars
C & rear D & A yellow
pectoral axil: no dark spot

Caulolatilus bermudensis Dooley, 1981

Bermuda Tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular, depth 21-34% of SL; head relatively deep, rounded in profile; jaws reach under front 1/3 of eye; eye 26-27% head length; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; operculum with a short, blunt spine, serrated on upper margin, fine serrae on lower margin; vertical edge of preoperculum serrated; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; 18 gill rakers; dorsal fin VII, 24 rays, height of fin 7.5% SL, spiny part lower than soft part; anal I, 22-23, origin under dorsal rays 5-6; pectoral fin 16; tail fin with straight to slightly concave edge; scales rough on body, smooth on head; pored lateral line scales 80-84, plus 2 on tail fin base; with scales on bone between preoperculum and operculum.

Head and body pale bluey grey; eye with white iris, with a dark vertical bar through it; nape crest without dark color; ~20 long, thin wavy yellowish bars on body; dorsal fin bluey grey, rear of fin with irregular yellow blotches and tips of soft dorsal yellow; anal fin translucent yellow, with a white border; tail fin translucent yellow, with grey top and bottom borders; no dark spot in pectoral axil; lining of gut cavity dark.

Reaches 41 cm.

Lives on rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 270-411 m.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • 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
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Bermuda endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 41
Depth Range Min
  • 270
Depth Range Max
  • 411