Fish Fridays in Playa del Carmen


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Common Name: Sand Tilefish

Latin NameMalacanthus Plumieri

Location: Caribbean, occasional Bahamas and Florida, also Gulf of Mexico

Distinct Features and Information: Active fish, tilefish keep to themselves and generally stay at or near the bottom. They rely heavily on their keen eyesight to catch their prey. If approached, the fish will quickly dive into their constructed retreats, often head-first. Many species form monogamous pairs, while some are solitary in nature. Generally shallow-water fish, tilefish are usually found at depths of 50–200 meters in both temperate and tropical waters. All species seek shelter in self-made burrows, caves at the bases of reefs or piles of rock, often in canyons or at the edges of steep slopes. Either gravelly or sandy substrate may be preferred. Tilefish feed primarily on small benthic invertebrates, especially crustaceans such as crab and shrimp. Mollusks, worms, sea urchins and small fish are also taken. Tilefish range in size from 11 centimeters (yellow tilefish, Hoplolatilus luteus) to 125 centimeters.

Special Status or Protections: None

Sand Tile Fish Juvenile

Sand Tile Fish Intermediate

Sand Tile Fish Adult

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