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Updated 12/18/2015

Family Malacanthidae

Tilefishes

Tilefishes are slender fishes associated with sand or rubble substrates where they feed upon small fish and invertebrates.  Burrowing species tend to be skittish, quickly retreating to their hole when alarmed.  All have sharp teeth and a large spine on the gill cover.  The voracious Atlantic Bluefish is a member of this family.

 

HAWAII

Malacanthus brevirostris

FLAGTAIL TILEFISH

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Hoplolatilus starcki

BLUEHEAD TILEFISH

 

Hoplolatilus cuniculus

GRAY TILEFISH

Malacanthus latovittatus

BLUE TILEFISH

 


EASTERN PACIFIC

Caulolatilus princeps

OCEAN WHITEFISH