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Species: Malacanthus brevirostris, Flagtail tilefish, Stripetail tilefish, the Quakerfish

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very elongate
operculum: strong, sharp spine
C: blue-white + 2 black stripes



Malacanthus brevirostris Guichenot, 1848

Flagtail tilefish, Quakerfish, Stripetail tilefish

Body long and slender; head slender, profile rounded; no crest on nape; preopercle smooth; large, pointed spine in center of operculum; dorsal rays I-IV, 52-60; anal rays I, 46-53; pectoral rays 15-17; tail fin rounded; lateral-line scales 146-181.

Light grey above, paler below, yellowish above eye; tail fin with blue-white center bordered above and below by black stripes.

Size: grows to 32 cm.

Inhabits open sand-rubble bottoms. Usually seen in pairs; live in a burrow of their own construction often under a rock and rubble.

Depth: 5-50 m.

Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from E. Africa and Red Sea to the Americas: Costa Rica to Ecuador, Cocos, Malpelo and Galapagos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 32
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 50