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Hoplolatilus purpureus  Burgess, 1978

Purple sand tilefish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Malacanthinae
Etymology: Hoplolatilus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 30 - 85 m (Ref. 90102), usually 35 - 70 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-19; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 15 - 16; Vertebrae: 24. Preopercular serrae 37-48 (Ref. 9933). Greatest depth of body 5.2-5.5 in SL; overall magenta body color; broad, red upper and lower margins on tail (Ref 90102).

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Indo West Pacific: Philippines south to Indonesia east to Solomon Islands.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on sand and rubble patches of steep seaward slopes. Usually in pairs (Ref. 9710).

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Burgess, W.E., 1978. Two new species of tilefishes (family Branchiostegidae) from the western Pacific. Trop. Fish Hobbyist 26 (#263, No. 5):43-47. (Ref. 9871)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.