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Hoplolatilus cuniculus Randall & Dooley, 1974

Dusky tilefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Malacanthinae
Etymology: Hoplolatilus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335).  More on authors: Randall & Dooley.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 25 - 115 m (Ref. 1602), usually 30 - 115 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115); 30°N - 25°S, 48°E - 149°W

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Indo-Pacific: Maldives and Mauritius to the Society Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3 - 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 29-34; Anal spines: 1-2; Anal soft rays: 19 - 20; Vertebrae: 24. Preopercular serrae 30-58. H. cuniculus is variable in coloration, ranging from pale olive brown to yellowish or light greenish or a mixture with some geographic variation (Ref. 37816). Greatest depth of body 5.1-6.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits muddy to rubble or rubble-sand areas of outer reef slopes. Observed a meter above the substrate and retreats to a burrow when threatened. Stomach contents consist of calanoid copepods (58% by volume), larvaceans (20%), siphonophores (20%), and fish eggs (2%) (Ref. 8991). Sometimes in loose groups (Ref. 48635).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Displays obligate monogamy where a one-to-one pair is established irrespective of resource abundance (Ref. 52884).

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Randall, J.E. and J.K. Dooley, 1974. Revision of the Indo-Pacific branchiostegid fish genus Hoplolatilus, with descriptions of two new species. Copeia 1974(2):457-471. (Ref. 9870)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 20.2 - 27.9, mean 25.4 (based on 282 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00237 - 0.01216), b=3.03 (2.82 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .