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Created 12/18/2015

Family Malacanthidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Hoplolatilus starcki

 

Wakatobi, Indonesia, 50 feet

 

BLUEHEAD TILEFISH 

Uncommon among sandy rubble at deeper scuba depths where it feeds upon buried worms and shellfish.  Juveniles are entirely blue.  Occurs in pairs.  Attains 7 inches.  Western Australia east to Tahiti, excluding Hawai'i.