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Genus: Caulolatilus, Deepwater Tilefish, Tilefishes, Whitefishes

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body quadrangular, robust
low crest on nape
D 23-27
preoperculum serrated
operculum: blunt spine
A I-II, 20-26



Body robust, quadrangular, depth 21-34% of SL; head relatively deep, squarish to rounded in profile; no barbel on rear edge of top lip; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; operculum with a short, blunt spine; preoperculum serrated; dorsal fin VII-X, 23-27 rays; anal I-II, 20-26; scales rough on body, smooth on head.

A new world genus with 11 species; there are 6 shallow water species (plus 2 deep water species) in our region, 4 endemics, 1 NW Atlantic and 1 W Atlantic.