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Species: Caulolatilus dooleyi, Bankslope Tilefish

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jaws reach to front edge eye
pectoral 16-17
D VII, 24, height 12% SL
grey + ~22 thin yellow bars
rear of D, A & C: yellow
pectoral axil: dark spot

Caulolatilus dooleyi Berry, 1978

Bankslope Tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular, depth 21-34% of SL; head relatively deep, rounded in profile; snout short (~33% head length); jaws reach under fleshy front edge of eye; eye large (27-30% head length); depth of cheek below eye 13-15% 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; 17-18 gill rakers; dorsal fin VII, 24 rays, height of fin 12% SL; anal I, 22, its origin under dorsal rays 4-5; pectoral fin 16-17; tail fin with straight edge; scales rough on body, smooth on head; pored lateral line scales 83-84; with scales on bone between preoperculum and operculum.

Head and body dusky white, darker above; throat and belly white; body with ~22 long light yellow bars; dorsal fin dusky to clear, with yellow areas on membranes, those strongest in center and rear; anal fin clear, with yellow areas; tail fin yellow, to dusky with yellow center; pectoral clear, with dark spot in axil; peritoneum white, with dark speckles.

Reaches 35 cm.

Lives on rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 219-256 m.

The Bahamas, Bermuda & the southern Caribbean.

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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
  • 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
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 219
Depth Range Max
  • 256