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Caulolatilus princeps (Bighead tilefish; Ocean whitefish)

Synonyms: Dekaya anomala; Latilus princeps
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Wikipedia Abstract

Caulolatilus princeps, the Ocean whitefish, is a species of tilefish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean where it commonly occurs from central California to Peru as well as the Galapagos Islands. It is also found more rarely north to Vancouver, British Columbia. It can be found on sandy, muddy or rocky seafloors at depths of from 10 to 91 metres (33 to 299 ft), most commonly between 24 and 55 metres (79 and 180 ft). This species can reach a length of 102 centimetres (40 in) TL. The greatest recorded weight for this species is 5.8 kilograms (13 lb). It is a commercially important species and is also sought after as a game fish.
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Adult Weight [1]  6.984 lbs (3.168 kg)
Maximum Longevity [2]  13 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary   California, United States
Channel Islands National Park II 139010 California, United States
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Ophiodon elongatus (Lingcod)[4]
Paralichthys californicus (Halibut)[4]
Scorpaena guttata (finscaled scoprionfish)[4]
Stereolepis gigas (Black jewfish)[4]


Parasitized by 
Choanodera caulolatili[5]
Choricotyle caulolatili[5]
Jaliscia caballeroi[5]
Myzotus vitellosus[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
John G. Shedd Aquarium


California Current; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Eastern Pacific: Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands; rare north of central California, USA.; Ecuador; El Salvador; Galapagos Islands; Guatemala; Honduras; Humboldt Current; Mexico; Nicaragua; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Southeast; Panama; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Revillagigedo; USA (contiguous states);

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3FEEDING HABITS OF THE OCEAN WHITEFISH, Caulolatilus princeps JENYNS 1842 (PISCES: BRANCHIOSTEGIDAE), IN LA PAZ BAY, B.C.S., MEXICO, Juan F. Elorduy-Garay, Javier Caraveo-Patiño, Ciencias Marinas (1994), 20(2): 199-218
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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