Red tilefish

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Red tilefish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Malacanthidae
Genus: Branchiostegus
Species: B. japonicus
Binomial name
Branchiostegus japonicus
(Houttuyn, 1782)
  • Coryphaena japonica Houttuyn, 1782
  • Latilus japonicus (Houttuyn, 1782)
  • Coryphaena branchiostega Linnaeus, 1766 (ambiguous name, questionably applied to this species)
  • Coryphaenoides hottuynii Lacépède, 1801 (ambiguous name, questionably applied to this species)
  • Latilus ruber Kishinouye, 1907

Branchiostegus japonicus, the Red tilefish or the Horsehead tilefish, is a species of tilefish native to the western Pacific Ocean. It can be found on sandy mud substrates at depths of from 30 to 200 metres (98 to 656 ft). This species grows to a length of 46 centimetres (18 in) TL though most are around 35 centimetres (14 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 1.3 kilograms (2.9 lb). It is a commercially important species.[2]


  1. ^ Dooley, J., Matsuura, K., Collette, B., Nelson, J., Fritzsche, R. & Carpenter, K. 2010. Branchiostegus japonicus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Branchiostegus japonicus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.