IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: tilefish (English), conejo (Espanol), blanquillo (Espanol)
Caulolatilus affinis Gill, 1865

Pacific golden-eyed tilefish,     Bighead tilefish

Body robust, quadrangular, body depth 23-32% (mean 29%) of SL; snout profile relatively steep; fleshy ridge along midline before dorsal fin; operculum with a short, blunt spine; preoperculum serrated; dorsal rays VII-IX (usually VIII), 22-25; anal rays I or II, 21-24; pectoral rays 19; tail fin with straight edge; pored lateral-line scales 80-91. 

Olive green to bluish grey with silvery sides, a broad yellow stripe in front of eye; a large dark area above pectoral fin axil.

Size: grows to 50 cm.

Inhabits rock and sand bottoms.

Depth: 30-200 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru; the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Malpelo and Galapagos.


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