Golden Tilefish

(Hoplolatilus luteus)
Hoplolatilus luteus, commonly known as the yellow tilefish or yellow sand tilefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Malacanthidae. Here are some key characteristics and facts about Hoplolatilus luteus:
  1. Appearance: Yellow tilefish have a distinctive appearance with a compressed, elongated body and a pointed snout. They are generally yellow to golden-yellow in coloration, with darker scales creating a mottled or spotted pattern on the body.
  2. Size: They typically grow to a size of about 30-40 centimeters (12-16 inches) in length, though larger individuals have been recorded.
  3. Habitat: This species is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea and the western Indian Ocean. They inhabit sandy or muddy bottoms, often near coral reefs or rocky areas, at depths ranging from 20 to 100 meters (66 to 328 feet).
  4. Behavior: Yellow tilefish are known to burrow into the substrate, using their strong fins and tail to excavate and create burrows where they can hide and seek shelter. They are typically solitary or found in small groups.
  5. Diet: They feed primarily on small invertebrates and crustaceans found within the substrate, using their specialized mouth to probe and capture prey items.