Skunk Tilefish

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Hoplolatilus marcosi - Burgess, 1978
Skunk Tilefish

Tilefishes demand expert aquarium care to survive. Scott W. Michael


Tilefishes need plenty of open swimming space to exercise their naturally active tendencies. They often fail to thrive, jumping to their deaths, careening off aquarium tops, failing to get enough food to thrive.

Family: Malacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Redback Sand Tilefish

Native range:

Habitat: Deep waters plunging down from reefs.

Maximum length: 12 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 208 L (55 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.


Carnivore. Feeds on zooplankton in the wild. Needs several feedings per day to keep up with its energetic swimming activities. Offer meaty foods, such as mysid shrimp.

Aquarium Compatibility

Peaceful. Juveniles acclimate more readily than adults. Builds large rubble mounds in the wild.


Not reported in captivity.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM