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| Common names: tilefish (English), whitefish (English), pierna (Espanol), blanquillo (Espanol) |
Caulolatilus princeps (Jenyns, 1840)
Ocean whitefish, Ocean tilefish
Body robust, quadrangular, body depth as percent of SL 23-28 (mean 25); fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; mouth small (reaches to front edge of eye); operculum with a short, blunt spine; preoperculum serrated; dorsal rays VII-X (usually IX), 24-27; anal rays II, 22-26; pectoral rays 19; tail fin deeply concave in adults; pored lateral-line scales 99-115.
Generally light bluish grey; a blue stripe along dorsal and anal fins; pectorals blue, with central yellow stripe; tail fin yellowish.
Size: reaches 102 cm.
Inhabits rock and sand bottoms.
Depth: 3-150 m.
British Columbia to the lower ¾ of the Gulf of California to Chile, including all the oceanic islands except Clipperton.