Flagtail Blanquillo (Malacanthus brevirostris)

Also known as Banded Blanquillo, Banded Torpedo Goby, Bluetail Goby, False Whiting, Flagtail Tilefish, Quakerfish, Striped Blanquillo, Stripetail Tilefish

Description

Also known as Banded Blanquillo, Banded Torpedo Goby, Bluetail Goby, False Whiting, Flagtail Tilefish, Quakerfish, Striped Blanquillo, Stripetail Tilefish.

Found in pairs hovering in an undulating manner close to their burrows where they can dive for cover, these burrows are constructed under rocks, rubble and sand areas of seaward reefs.
They feed on small fish and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 6-50m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Tilefish form undersea Pueblo villages made from gravel or sand substrate these self-made burrows and caves are at the base of reefs or piles of rock, often in canyons or at the edge of steep slopes.
If disturbed they quickly dive head-first into their constructed retreats. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Malacanthus-brevirostris

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