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Blueline Tilefish

Caulolatilus microps


  • Golden stripe underlined with broader blue band, from snout to eye
  • Dark brownish/gray to olive body with white belly
  • No enlarged flap on top of head
  • Long continuous soft dorsal and anal fins
  • Head with black predorsal ridge
  • Prominent stout preopercle spine

Similar Species

Other tilefish species, such as Golden Tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps), yellowish enlarged flap on top of head; preopercle spine reduced to a soft blunt tab.


Up to 30 inches, 15 pounds


Offshore in deep water (normally 100 - 650 feet) around ledges and crevices. Prefer irregular bottom types with mud and shell hash. Common in water temperatures ranging from 15 – 23°C.


Live up to 40 years.

Feed on benthic invertebrates such as shrimp and crabs, and small fish.

Spawning occurs from May to October, and females may lay more than 4 to 13.5 million free-floating eggs.

Additional Information

Recreational regulations