Much like the triggerfish, the tilefish prefers to spend its time close to coral reefs. Compared to the swordfish, these sea dwellers are incredibly small and they retain a strong importance as food fish. Tilefish can be as small as four inches or as large as 49 inches. They tend to go by different names like “blanquillo” or “camotillo” depending on the country.
Tilefish have a dorsal and anal fin, the latter of which is identified by a few spines. They are typically found in shallow water and they are also known for creating burrows to use as shelter. Even when they aren’t creating burrows, tilefish prefer to spend their downtime in reef caves, within piles of rock, or in canyons. Their diet consists largely of crustaceans such as shrimp and crab, but they are also known for incorporating sea urchins, mollusks, and small fish as food sources. An exceptional eyesight is instrumental in helping the fish catch its prey.
With their preference for seeking shelter in caves, tilefish lead solitary lives depending on the species and they also like to stay close to the bottom. In fact, should the fish be approached it will dive headfirst into its burrow to protect itself. As another safety measure, the fish is also capable of changing its color to escape predators.
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