Bluehead Tilefish, Hoplolatilus starcki Randall & Dooley 1974


Other Names: Blue Tilefish, Blue-head Tilefish, Blue-headed Tilefish, Starck's Tilefish

A Bluehead Tilefish, Hoplolatilus starcki, on Shark Reef in the Coral Sea, November 2006. Source: Erik Schlogl / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A tan to greenish tilefish becoming yellow towards the rear, with broad yellow caudal-fin lobes, and a bright blue head and pectoral-fin base. Juveniles are sky blue.
Pairs usually hover not far above sandy-rubble bottoms, and dive head-first into their burrow when threatened.

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Bluehead Tilefish, Hoplolatilus starcki Randall & Dooley 1974

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Distribution

Off Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical west-central Pacific.
Inhabits sandy-rubble areas on steep outer reef slopes. Pairs usually hover above the bottom, diving headfirst into their burrow when threatened.

Features

Dorsal fin VIII, 21-23; Anal fin II, 15-16; Pectoral fin 18-19; Gill rakers 22-27 (total); Lateral line scales 100-118; Preopercular serrae 30-57; Vertebrae 24. 

Feeding

Planktivore - feeds on zooplankton.

Species Citation

Hoplolatilus starcki Randall & Dooley 1974, Copeia 1974(2): 464, fig. 1c, 6-8.Type locality: Guam, Marianas Islands. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Bluehead Tilefish, Hoplolatilus starcki Randall & Dooley 1974

References


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Dooley, J.K. 1978. Systematics and biology of the tilefishes (Perciformes : Branchiostegidae and Malacanthidae), with descriptions of two new species. National Marine Fisheries Service (U.S.). Circular 411: 1-78.

Dooley, J.K. 1999. Family Branchiostegidae. pp. 2630-2648 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Randall, J.E. 1981. A review of the Indo-Pacific sand tilefish genus Hoplolatilus (Perciformes: Malacanthidae). Freshwater and Marine Aquarium 4(12): 39-46.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E. & Dooley, J.K. 1974. Revision of the Indo-Pacific branchiostegid fish genus Hoplolatilus, with descriptions of two new species. Copeia 1974(2): 457-471 figs 1-12

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37331008

Depth:9-105 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15.5 cm TL

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