Hoplolatilus starcki  Randall Dooley, 1974,,

Stark's 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 author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 - 105 m (Ref. 9710), usually 20 - 50 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 21°C - 26°C (Ref. 27115); 19°N - 23°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15 - 16; Vertebrae: 24. Small juvenile bright blue (Ref. 48635). Preopercular serrae 30-57.

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Indo Pacific: Bali, Indonesia, the Philippines to Timor, north to the Mariana Islands, south to Rowley Shoals and New Caledonia; throughout Micronesia. Range extends to Pitcairn (Ref. 9710).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits patches of talus or rubble of steep outer reef slopes. Usually seen in pairs that quickly dive headfirst into their burrow when disturbed. Juveniles occasionally school with similarly colored juveniles of Pseudanthias pascalus. Stomach contents of 6 adult specimens consisted of copepods (31.4% by volume), pelagic tunicates (31%, larvaceans, plus Oikopleura), fish eggs (28.6%), siphonophores (5.5%), larval shrimps (1.2%), fish (0.8%), amphipods (0.7%), unidentified decapod larvae (0.5%), and heteropods (0.3) (Ref. 8991). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 27115.

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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.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00561 - 0.02697), b=2.98 (2.78 - 3.18), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.4 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 (22 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.