Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Malacanthidae

Scientific Name: Caulolatilus cyanops
Species Authority: Poey, 1866
Common Name(s):
English Blackline Tilefish, Whitey, Whitney, Ocean Whitefish
Spanish Blanquillo, Blanquilla, Blanquillo Raya Negra, Domingo, Lismonero, Paleta, Paleta Lista Negra, Tumba
French Tile à Raie Noire

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Acero, A.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Caulolatilus cyanops has been assessed as Data Deficient. Despite a sizeable distribution around the western central Atlantic, this species is commercially harvested as a food source. There is no seperate catch statistics available for this species. Further research and monitoring of the population numbers and harvest levels of this species is needed before a more accurate assessment of conservation status can be made.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Caulolatilus cyanops has a distribution range extending from North Carolina, Bermuda and Florida, south to Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela including the Lesser Antilles, southern Mexico. This species is probabaly found throughtout the Caribbean (Froese and Pauly 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Antigua and Barbuda; Bermuda; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Colombia; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Mexico; Nicaragua; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Trinidad and Tobago; United States; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – western central
Lower depth limit (metres): 495
Upper depth limit (metres): 45
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Population [top]

Population: Caulolatilus cyanops is rare off North Carolina (FAO 2002).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The tilefish Caulolatilus cyanops is a demersal species found over sandy, muddy and rubble bottoms. It has a depth range of 45 - 495m but is commonly found between 150 - 250m (FAO 2002). It is also found to be associated with Caulolatilus microps and Caulolatilus chrysops (FAO 2002). It feeds on invertebrates and small fishes.
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Caulolatilus cyanops is fished commercially using hook-and-line, and by trawls off Columbia and Venezuela.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is fished commercially using hook-and-line, and by trawls off Columbia and Venezuela. There are no seperate catch statistics for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no species-specific conservation measures in place for Caulolatilus cyanops.

Further research and monitoring of the harvest levels and population numbers of this species is needed.

Citation: Acero, A. 2010. Caulolatilus cyanops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155128A4720069. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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