Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Eupercaria/misc
(Various families in series Eupercaria) > Malacanthidae
Etymology: Hoplolatilus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 18 - 80 m (Ref. 9710), usually 30 - 80 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115)
Indo-Pacific: Indonesia, Palau, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Recently reported from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710); common length : 10.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37816)
Usually lives in very deep water adjacent to reef drop-offs (Ref. 48635); also on sandy and rubble areas (Ref. 9710). Builds large rubble mounts (Ref. 48635). Feeds on zooplankton. Solitary or in small groups (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Displays obligate monogamy where a one-to-one pair is established irrespective of resource abundance (Ref. 52884).
Burgess, W.E., 1978. Two new species of tilefishes (family Branchiostegidae) from the western Pacific. Trop. Fish Hobbyist 26 (#263, No. 5):43-47. (Ref. 9871)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.7 - 28.3, mean 27 °C (based on 277 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .