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  Common names: quakerfish (English), tilefish (English), blanquillo (Espanol), matajuelo (Espanol)
 
Malacanthus brevirostris Guichenot, 1848


Flagtail tilefish,     Quakerfish,     Stripetail tilefish



Body long and slender; head slender, profile rounded; no crest in nape; preopercle smooth; large, pointed spine in center of operculum; dorsal rays I-IV, 52-60; anal rays I, 46-53; pectoral rays 15-17; tail fin rounded; lateral-line scales 146-181.

Light grey above, paler below, yellowish above eye; two black stripes on tail fin.


Size: grows to 32 cm.

Inhabits open sand-rubble bottoms. Usually seen in pairs; live in a burrow of their own construction often under a rock and rubble.

Depth: 5-50 m.

Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from E. Africa and Red Sea to the Americas: Costa Rica to Ecuador, Cocos, Malpelo and Galapagos.   

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