Ocean whitefish

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Caulolatilus princeps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Malacanthidae
Genus: Caulolatilus
Species: C. princeps
Binomial name
Caulolatilus princeps
(Jenyns, 1840)
  • Latilus princeps Jenyns, 1840
  • Dekaya anomala J. G. Cooper, 1863
  • Caulolatilus affinis Hildebrand, 1946

Caulolatilus princeps, the ocean whitefish, is a species of tilefish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean where it commonly occurs from central California to Peru as well as the Galapagos Islands. It is also found more rarely north to Vancouver, British Columbia. It can be found on sandy, muddy or rocky seafloors at depths of from 10 to 91 metres (33 to 299 ft), most commonly between 24 and 55 metres (79 and 180 ft). This species can reach a length of 102 centimetres (40 in) TL. The greatest recorded weight for this species is 5.8 kilograms (13 lb). It is a commercially important species and is also sought after as a game fish.[2]


  1. ^ Findley, L., Bessudo, S., Acero, A. & Cotto, A. 2010. Caulolatilus princeps. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 27 January 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Caulolatilus princeps" in FishBase. December 2013 version.