Caulolatilus Chrysops

Malacanthidae

Perciformes

Offshore, Reef, Wreck

40 - 65 pounds

24" - 39"

Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish

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Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish (Caulolatilus chrysops) Fish Description

The Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish or Goldeye Tilefish is a member of the Malacanthidae family under the Caulolatilus genus. This species as well as its relatives are mostly small and found in sandy areas, especially around coral reefs. The Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish has a long body with golden spots that contrast a dark olive green background. From the top, the Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish has a dark olive gold-green color which slowly turns white once it reaches the belly. It has a large, rounded head, unlike other fish that have some semblance of a snout.

The Atlantic Goldeneye Tilfefish's dorsal fin is short in height but long in length. It covers almost half the body. The tail fin of the Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish appears to be slightly falcate, creating a small crescent moon-like appearance. The majority of its fins range between gold and yellow in color.

 

Diet and Size

Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish love to feed mainly on invertebrates like worms, snails, etc. This species of fish also prefer to feast on crustaceans like shrimp and crabs. Sometimes small fish is part of their diet, too.

The Atlantic Goldenye Tilefish is generally found to be around 24 to 39 inches. They  weigh in at around 40 to 65 pounds.

 

Interesting Facts About the Atlantic Goldeneye Tilefish 

  • In Brazil, the Atlantic Goldeneye is sold as an aquarium fish.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women are warned against eating tilefishes due to possible mercury contamination.
  • The Atlantic Goldenye Tilefish belong to the genus of tilefish, Caulolatilus, which means they are generally a shallow water fish.
  • Tilefish reproductive patterns and habits are not well studied; however, it is known that they spawn throughout spring and s