Hoplolatilus randalli Allen, Erdmann & Hamilton, 2010

Randall’s tilefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Malacanthinae
Etymology: Hoplolatilus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335);  randalli: Named for John E. Randall, in recognition of his numerous valuable contributions to our knowledge of Indo-Pacific fishes and particularly his previous work on the genus Hoplolatilus.

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Marine; reef-associated; depth range 30 - 85 m (Ref. 85568).   Tropical

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Indo West Pacific: Indonesia, Philipines, Palau, Yap Is. and the Solomon Islands.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85568)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 12; Vertebrae: 24. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,13; A II,12; pectoral rays 17; total gill rakers on first branchial arch 27-29; pored lateral line scales 84-92 with 98-120 scales in lateral series above lateral line; preopercular serrae 16-23; greatest body depth 3.4-3.9 in SL; length of last dorsal spine 2.5-3.0 in HL; longest soft dorsal ray 1.1-1.4 in HL; colour in life mainly greenish (darker dorsally), shading to light blue on lower head, thorax, and abdomen; caudal peduncle with an elongate sky aqua-blue saddle-like spot dorsally; narrow sky-blue band from front of snout to lower edge of eye; lips mainly blue; narrow yellow-orange band just below blue band, passing just under eye to posterior margin of preoperculum; dorsal and anal fins pale yellow with pink margin; caudal fin reddish with indistinct central pale streak, the upper and lower margins narrowly light blue to pinkish; pectoral fins mainly translucent except upper 4-5 rays blue; pelvic fins bluish white; iris yellow with bright blue streak dorsally and ventrally (Ref. 85568).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits gentle rubble slopes; constructs impressive rubble mounds over its burrows, which range from about 50-70 cm in height and 1.5-2 m in diameter and typically, the fish are seen hovering a short distance from their home mound, with up to six individuals using a single mound. The fish when approached closely or frightened by spear shots, quickly retreat into the burrow, which is located near the apex of the mound (Ref. 85568).

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Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and A.M. Hamilton, 2010. Hoplolatilus randalli, a new species of sand tilefish (Pisces: Malacanthidae) from the tropical western Pacific with comments on the validity of H. luteus. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 16(4):171-186. (Ref. 85568)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.7 - 28.6, mean 27.6 (based on 41 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .