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Caulolatilus microps  Goode & Bean, 1878

Grey tilefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Latilinae
Etymology: Caulolatilus: Greek, kaulos = stem, stalk + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Goode, Bean.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 30 - 162 m (Ref. 8991).   Subtropical; 37°N - 24°N, 98°W - 75°W

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Western Atlantic: North Carolina to southern Florida in USA and Mexico; also in northern and probably eastern Gulf of Mexico.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 90.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251); common length : 55.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3276); max. published weight: 7.0 kg (Ref. 3276); max. reported age: 15 years (Ref. 6134)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on mud and rubble bottom. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates (crustaceans, mollusks, polychaetes and brittle stars) and fishes. Captured mainly from 75 to 200 m deep and occurring to at least 236 m (Ref. 6134). Marketed fresh.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Dooley, James | Collaborators

Dooley, J.K., 1978. Systematics and biology of the tilefishes (Perciformes: Branchiostegidae and Malacanthidae) with descriptions of two new species. NOAA Tech. Rep. NMFS Circ. No. 411:1-78. (Ref. 8991)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 18 - 25.3, mean 22.6 (based on 38 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00384 - 0.01037), b=3.10 (2.95 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.14; tmax=15).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.