Blue Blanquillo, Malacanthus latovittatus (Lacépède 1801)

Other Names: Blue Tilefish, Sand Tilefish

A Blue Blanquillo, Malacanthus latovittatus, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A bluish tilefish with a broad dark midlateral band and a white terminal blotch on the tail. Juveniles have a black midlateral band from the tip of the snout to the tail. The Blue Blanquillo usually hovers above the bottom on outer reef slopes.

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Blue Blanquillo, Malacanthus latovittatus (Lacépède 1801)

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Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia to Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Seal Rocks, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species occurs on the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits outer reef slopes, usually seen hovering above the bottom.


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Blue Blanquillo, Malacanthus latovittatus (Lacépède 1801)


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CAAB Code:37331010


Depth:6-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:45 cm TL

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